By Gina Jacobson, a mom, a leo. She works for a non-profit organisation, is a procrastinator, loves sci-fi, sushi, good books and scrabble.Her blog is made up of A Bit of This a Bit of That.
Before Aaron’s 2nd birthday he didn’t really know what presents were or why you received them. Now, all that has changed and he routinely asks for a ‘pwessssent’.
Today we were watching one of his favourite TV shows, Peppa Pig, it was Peppa’s birthday and she got a present from her family. Well, Aaron turned to me and said, “mama, pwessssent, pleeeeeease!”
My heart just broke. You see he doesn’t understand why he cant have a present whenever he asks for it and he cries like you are sending him to the gallows.
I certainly do not believe in giving gifts to children (or adults) just willy nilly, he needs to learn that he cant have everything he wants when he wants it.
I try and explain that you only get a present on your birthday or on a special day and its not your birthday or a special day today, but he doesn’t buy that for a second. Mama is obviously denying him his constitutional right to a pwessssent!
How do you explain to a 2 year old about special days and gifts? Is it something that he will just grow out of and understand about as he gets older?
I really hate breaking his little heart like that.