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WWYD if your child/ren unwrapped the presents under the tree?

post #1 of 91
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So my DF told me a story yesterday of a co-worker whose 2 and 4 year old children unwrapped all of the presents that were already under their Christmas tree. The response of the parents really surprised me and I'm curious what the folks here would have done in that situation.

ETA: According to DF, the kids were seperated and questioned about what happened then each sent to their room for the rest of the evening. I don't know exactly how long that was, but each child had dinner in his/her room, as well.

I'm not exactly sure how it happened they were alone long enough to open the gifts, either. I think maybe one parent was upstairs and the other stepped outside or something.
post #2 of 91
I would have rewrapped them and told the kids that we didn't have the presents until Christmas morning. Or I may have rewrapped them and put them out of the 2 y/o's reach, since the concept of "waiting" may be lost.
post #3 of 91
At 2 and 4 I would laugh it off. I might have them help me re-wrap some of the gifts. Honestly at that age I wouldn't have even had any under the tree to tempt them. Especially the 2 year old isn't mature enough to with stand an impulse and temptation.

Now, at 12 adn 14 I would be mad!! They could be at least sneaky (LOL) and try to hid the fact!. LOL Does that make since I would be mad but laugh at it because they are being "kids' and it isn't the end of the world.
post #4 of 91
I am wondering what kind of HUGE house one must have to not hear the first rip. If my 4 yo somehow managed to open presents in our house without me hearing, I would not be angry. She is 4! I might be disappointed. But I would be more concerned that I was not supervising her well enough. At 2 and 4 yo, some adult needs to be able to at least hear their child doing something that loud or else they are not being supervised well enough.

That said, *I* opened a bunch of presents at age 4. We were having an outdoor BBQ and I snuck in to get into the gifts. No one was mad and I do not even remember doing it. I think people just thought it was cute. My mom said it was her and my dad's fault for losing track of me.
post #5 of 91
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Originally Posted by Marsupialmom View Post
Honestly at that age I wouldn't have even had any under the tree to tempt them.
Yep. I'm questioning putting out any gifts for my almost 4 and 7 year olds. But if they had been unwrapped, I hope I would laugh, re-wrap, and put away until it was time to open them. Or maybe let a child have 1 each since they already saw them...

I'm afraid to ask with the parents in the OP did...
post #6 of 91
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Originally Posted by Marsupialmom View Post
At 2 and 4 I would laugh it off. I might have them help me re-wrap some of the gifts. Honestly at that age I wouldn't have even had any under the tree to tempt them.
Yep. Same here.
post #7 of 91
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Originally Posted by Marsupialmom View Post
At 2 and 4 I would laugh it off. I might have them help me re-wrap some of the gifts. Honestly at that age I wouldn't have even had any under the tree to tempt them. Especially the 2 year old isn't mature enough to with stand an impulse and temptation.

Now, at 12 adn 14 I would be mad!! They could be at least sneaky (LOL) and try to hid the fact!. LOL Does that make since I would be mad but laugh at it because they are being "kids' and it isn't the end of the world.
I agree. How could a 2 and 4 yr old resist??
post #8 of 91
With our little bitty kids, we don't put wrapped packages under the tree til christmas eve. Just too much temptation, IMO.

edit: reading comprehension is my friend. I could have done a quote and a :me too"
post #9 of 91
I wouldn't have my kids' presents under the tree before xmas eve. I like them to be shocked at all the presents under the tree on xmas morning!

I did make the mistake of putting some of the presents I wrapped for my mom under the tree this year, as I was wrapping them. My 22 month old unwrapped one and broke it. I wasn't mad -- I laughed about it and moved all the other presents away so that it wouldn't happen again, and I was able to replace the broken one easily.

It happened again when he unwrapped one of his dad's presents immediately after I wrapped it yesterday . . . as soon as I turned around to put the tape up so he couldn't waste any more of it. Oh well, I taped it back up and it's fine.

I would have been mad if it were my four year old (well, last year when she was four, she's five now). She understands not to do that and had never tried.

If an older child 4+ opened any of their presents before xmas, I would probably take them back to the store and exchange them for other things. I like them to be surprised on xmas morning.
post #10 of 91
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Originally Posted by MomInFlux View Post

I'm afraid to ask with the parents in the OP did...
According to DF, the kids were seperated and questioned about what happened then each sent to their room for the rest of the evening. I don't know exactly how long that was, but each child had dinner in his/her room, as well.

I'm not exactly sure how it happened they were alone long enough to open the gifts, either. I think maybe one parent was upstairs and the other stepped outside or something.
post #11 of 91
I wouldn't of even had the gifts out yet! I mean can you blame the kids? they're too little..... IMO that's just asking for them to open the presents!
post #12 of 91
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Originally Posted by mamamilkers View Post
According to DF, the kids were seperated and questioned about what happened then each sent to their room for the rest of the evening. I don't know exactly how long that was, but each child had dinner in his/her room, as well.

I'm not exactly sure how it happened they were alone long enough to open the gifts, either. I think maybe one parent was upstairs and the other stepped outside or something.
Yeah - that's putting the spirit of Christmas into them! Sometimes you have to shove it down their throats darnit. They better be happy when they open them on christmas morning too - or else they'll get more of the same I hope!

jeepers.
post #13 of 91
Same here...I don't put them out until Christmas Eve when they're sleeping!
post #14 of 91
I'd laugh. I'd explain to them that it's more fun when everyone opens their presents together on Christmas morning. I'd re-wrap them all and probably put them where they couldn't find them if I didn't think they were on board with the program.

When my DD was about 4 we were spending Christmas at my sisters house. One afternoon, probably the 22 or 23rd my nieces fiance hollers... "Uh... hey Kama! Is you DD supposed to be doing this?" She was sitting on the landing half way up the stairs with a handful of giftwrap in one hand and a toy in the other. We laughed and told her... Okay... but no more!
post #15 of 91
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Originally Posted by bullfrog View Post
Yeah - that's putting the spirit of Christmas into them! Sometimes you have to shove it down their throats darnit. They better be happy when they open them on christmas morning too - or else they'll get more of the same I hope!

jeepers.
I don't get how a two year old is going to understand that they're not to open them....
post #16 of 91
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Originally Posted by mamamilkers View Post
According to DF, the kids were seperated and questioned about what happened then each sent to their room for the rest of the evening. I don't know exactly how long that was, but each child had dinner in his/her room, as well.
post #17 of 91
I wouldnt tease them with this, If we did do christmas I wouldnt put them under the tree till right before they woke up.
post #18 of 91
If those kids are getting into the presents, chances are they are also getting into other stuff. I would think to myself that I need to watch my kids better and keep them better occupied. I see it as a discipline issue and would blame myself. And laugh. It would make a good story. So, I would rewrap presents, tell them they do not get them until xmas morning, and then get them busy doing something appropriate. I would chastise myself for not watching them better. I mean, they had to have been by themselves, making a loud mess for a while. Bad mommy!
post #19 of 91
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Originally Posted by Chinese Pistache View Post
I agree. How could a 2 and 4 yr old resist??
Huh, we have had presents under our tree for a week or two now, neither the 2 year old or 4 year old have touched them. We talked about how they are for christmas.

What would I do? I don't know, I wouldn't be "mad" but I might be aggravated at the extra work. I probably would express my frustration at having to rewrap, etc to my DD (who is 4.5) - if they opened presents for themselves, I'd probably just let them keep them but explain that we really wanted to open them all together and that they will have less to open on christmas as a result - I might give her the option of rewrapping them. I would not put any more under the tree if they did it once though.

What was the surprising response?
post #20 of 91
We have our gifts under the tree, but James is really good about staying away from them...plus we're in a 650sq/ft apt so it's not like he can sneak off and do it, the gifts are pretty much in my sight at all times. Really, we've only had to tell James a couple times not to touch the gifts, he's been really good.

If he did get at them, I'd figure it was my fault for having them out and tempting him and let him have them *shrug* I'm sure DH would disagree with me but he's much more strict than me.
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