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Break the Entitlement Syndrome this Holiday Season

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Finding the perfect gift for youngsters at Christmas time used to be a mystery to me before I learned about all the cool stuff tweens and teens love from Hot Topics.  Teen aged girls and boys seem to enter a parallel dimension that’s so hard to penetrate, you can’t make sense of what’s going through their minds until it’s time to eat or spend money.  Then, they feel entitled to everything they see, but don’t always want to work for it.  I learned this sense of entitlement is not a bad thing, but a natural part of growing up and pulling away from their parents.  But before they can pull away completely, they need a good dose of reality.  They need to understand that the world will not jump through hoops to meet demands like the ones they routinely put on their parents.  Many find this out the hard way.  When you see signs that your child has a sense of entitlement, there are things you need to address right away.

An entitled child may not feel like the rules apply to them.  They feel they have their parents so trained to provide their every want, and wish, they feel like they’ll get things just by asking for them, and many times they are right.  Parents say they’re children will not express gratitude, empathy or even be civil in front of guests, but will want them to stop what they’re doing and take them to the mall to meet friends, or finish their chores for them.  They expect bribes or rewards for good behavior.  They will rarely lift a finger, and not even respond to a request until they’re done playing with video games or talking on the phone.  These are not good traits to have today.

The best gift is one they’ve earned.  Working to pay for something they want from a popular store like Hot Topics is a way to make them feel more responsible.  It helps move the needle in the direction of adulthood, which is only a few years away.  So ask them what they should do to earn a gift.  Tell them to seek money saving ways to buy it.  Tell them how you’ve used Groupons to save money and suggest they do the same.  Who knows, they just might thank you.

What you can do with an extra cash this holiday season

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I’m not a money-saving guru, but I just thought of sharing this simple yet effective tips to save some moolah this holiday season. If your closet have full of old clothes and stuff that you no longer need, you can turn them into money-making project through a yard sale. This way, you will no longer have to spend your bonus or 13th month pay for less important items. You’ll save and earn extra cash by selling old stuff and get rid of the clutter in your closet.

But if you want to do something extraordinary for other people this Christmas, you can give your yard sale proceeds to charities. Or you may also conduct your own gift-giving activity for an orphanage with your friends. Better yet start with the people you know in your neighborhood that need some assistance. A little help will send smile to their weary spirits.

Gift ideas for the special people in your life

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The holiday season means that is is again time to get out and start getting the gifts for the special people in your life. There always seems to be something going on during the holiday season, so shopping can be pushed back and back. Fortunately, there are great gift ideas available for everyone on your list. Following a few simple guidelines will help you check the names off you list with ease.

The first thing that you will want to do is consider who you are buying gifts for. You know that older adults will have different desires than younger ones. Your spouse will be getting something different than your sibling. There is bound to be a large group of people on your list, so splitting them up by similar gift ideas should be able to help you save some time going to the store or the mall.

Think of specific gifts as well as general ones. Everyone appreciates cash or gift cards, but taking a little extra time to get a gift that they will use and enjoy shows you went the extra mile. If you have someone you know that is a fan of beauty products, you might consider a new makeup set or a few sessions of Botox. A big sports fan may appreciate a new television that comes equipped with a season pass to watch their favorite sport. Music fans will enjoy tickets to the hot concert in town. Whatever it is, you can find something for everyone on your list.

If you are buying gifts for children then you will want to consult with their parents first on what would be acceptable. Children usually want a lot of items and generally have a bunch of adults giving them gifts, the last thing that you want to do it double up on them! Parents may also want to limit how much you spend on their child. Even if you mean well, some parents just aren’t comfortable with their children having extravagant gifts. It’s always best to defer to their judgement and wishes when shopping for children.

The holiday season is about more than gifts, but it never hurts to give them. Spread a little cheer this holiday season with the gifts that everyone wants.