I was recently at a party where the birthday girl couldn’t hide her disappointment when a certain gift was unwrapped. The boy who had given the gift was visibly shaken up, and I thought about how this drama could have played out so differently.
Whether it’s a birthday, the winter holidays, or any other time gifts are exchanged, it’s a good idea to be sure your child understands the hidden rules around gifts. Here are some reminders for kids (and adults) about being a gracious recipient:
Most important of all, remind your child that the person giving a gift has made an effort to do this. Whatever time, work, and expense they’ve put into the gift is a gift in itself!