Focus on Gift Appreciation This Holiday Season

Consider practicing with your kids ahead of time on how to handle different holiday situations.

Focus on Gift Appreciation This Holiday Season

Some ways to make the gift giving experience more pleasurable this holiday season is by focusing on appreciation.

Do this by prepping kids ahead of time and talking about what gifts mean to them; both in regards to giving gifts and receiving gifts.

When you focus on giving gifts, help kids identify the benefits of making gifts special to the receiver, that focuses on making other people feel good, such as:

  • Making it important and special.
  • Surprising them.
  • Showing off creativity if they make something.

When you focus on receiving gifts, help kids understand how important it is to be a great gift getter! This focuses on:

  • How receiving a gift is a gift in and of itself.
  • The response shows appreciation.
  • A response shows maturity.

Consider practicing with your kids ahead of time on how to handle different holiday situations, such as receiving gifts they don’t like or not receiving gifts they wanted. Also, talk about the many other reasons to appreciate the holidays, such as quality family and being together!

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Barrie Morganstein, Ph.D.
Dr. Morganstein works with clients of all ages by providing individual therapy, family therapy, and psychological assessment. In her therapeutic work, she specializes in Parenting, Behavioral & Emotional issues in Children, Auditory & Other Sensory Processing Disorders, ADHD Coaching, Self-Esteem & Identity, and Motherhood Issues such as Post-partum Depression & Anxiety. Dr. Morganstein regularly conducts psychoeducational and neurodevelopmental assessments for individuals of all ages and specializes in Auditory Processing Disorders, ADHD, and Learning Disabilities. She is an expert in working with Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing clients conducting both therapy and psychological assessments; she is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), but adapts to a wide variety of communication needs and preferences.


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