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post #21 of 91
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Originally Posted by mightymoo View Post
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.
Well, I know lots of 2 and 4 yr olds that couldn't resist. My 2 yr old keeps going after our gifts but the 4 and 7 yr old remind her not to

That said, my aunt took away her children's gifts (ALL of them) when they opened them and didn't give them back. I think that's a pretty unreasonable response to 2 and 4 yr old behavior (and sort of what I guessed the OP was going to say).
post #22 of 91
I just told dh the other day that I was really shocked that dd hadn't tried to open any of them yet. I did have her put them under the tree and told her who they were for as she did it, so maybe she understood that they weren't for her?

I would not have punished them at 2 and 4. I would have kicked myself for not explaining very throughly that they were for another day and other people. I would have laughed and had them help me rewrap, handing me tape, putting them back ect.
post #23 of 91
I vividly remember waking up around 3am one Christmas morning to the sound of my then 2 year old sister unwrapping the presents under the tree. At 6.5, I was outraged of course, LOL, but I know my dad (divorced parents) repaired the damage and laughed it off.
Makes a great story now, especially since I have a 2 year old.
I'm really curious how the OP's DF's coworker handled it though...

ETA: I posted late and now see the "solution"
definitely extreme, IMO
post #24 of 91
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Originally Posted by amj'smommy View Post
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!
Yep. I don't think I could have resisted at 13, let alone 2 and 4. That's just too much to ask.
post #25 of 91
This is why we don't put any presents under the tree until the kids are asleep on the night of the 24th. At the age of 2 and 4 I wouldn't worry about it and would just laugh it off and let them play with their new stuff. They don't really get the whole need to wait until a certain day so I doubt they really are going to care that there is nothing to open on the day the family officially celebrates anyways. They can have a nice celebration without worrying about the gifts.
post #26 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.
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For crying out loud, I didn't put any under the tree with only DH around as he would fiddle with them until he had guessed every single one. We have an empty tree until everyone is in bed on Christmas Eve and that's just the way it always will be. DH will never grow up.
post #27 of 91
There's a reason there are no presents under the tree in our house right now (they're all up high, where dd (21 mos) can't reach them). i.e., I know my child and my child would unwrap them all without thinking about it. And who could blame her?

I don't have a 4 year old, or even a 2 year old (quite yet), but I'm kinda wondering how long you have to leave them alone, and how far from hearing distance you have to be, to miss that they were unwrapping every single gift under the tree. So I think, completely honestly, if this happened in my house, I would . . .

Find a newspaper. Roll it up nice and tight. And smack myself in the rear. (ok, metaphorically speaking only; there is no violence in our home!).

It's my fault if I leave my toddlers unattended long enough to unwrap all those presents.
post #28 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.
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My kids are the same age and the situation mentioned in the OP is *exactly* why their gifts are still hiding under my bed (OT: but I'm shocked they haven't found them yet, talk about most obvious hiding spot in the world ). Heck, I'll probably won't put gifts out under the tree until after they're in bed on Christmas Eve as teenagers . . . if they're anything like me when I was a teenager, they'll unwrap and rewrap the gifts while I'm gone so they can see what they got.
post #29 of 91
I was 3 or 4 when I took a few presents and hid inside my grandma's endtable (one of those hexagon ones with a door on one side - anyone know what I'm talking about??) and opened them.

They were Strawberry Shortcake figurines -a couple of inches tall, and they smelled like the food. I got SS, Lemon Meringue, and Blueberry Muffin.

I left the toys and the plastic packaging and the wrapping paper and all inside the endtable.

At some point before Christmas they were found. The torn paper and packaging was thrown away and the toys rewrapped.

I knew I was in trouble when I crawled into the endtable to play and they were gone.

On Christmas I had those three little funnily misshapen gifts to open and pretend to be surprised about. No one in my family EVER said anything to me about it (until as an adult we joked about it). But I felt SO guilty knowing I had been caught, and that they obviously knew, and I obviously knew they knew....

that I never did it again.
post #30 of 91
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Originally Posted by happyhippiemama View Post
I was 3 or 4 when I took a few presents and hid inside my grandma's endtable (one of those hexagon ones with a door on one side - anyone know what I'm talking about??) and opened them.
We had one! My brother used to hide in it for hide & seek. The rest of the time, that's where we kept the games.

What cured me of being nosy about gifts was...you know, I smell a spinoff!
post #31 of 91
My sister and I got up at around 2:00 am on Christmas morning when we were young and started playing with our "Santa" gift that was unwrapped (don't even remember what it was). I think I might have even unwrapped one or two gifts. I was probably 4 or 5 and my sister was 7 or 8. I can remember my mom and dad waking up and being very disappointed in us, most specifically my sister. We had to go back to bed for the rest of the night, and I can remember laying in bed, being so excited, and yet so upset that I had hurt my folks. I can still vividly remember the shame I felt, in fact, it still curdles my stomach a bit.

I've never had my kids open a present (12 yo ds, 3.75 yo dd and 22 mo ds). I keep them hidden (usually at a friend's house) until Christmas Eve, when we wrap everything and put it out under the tree. However, at 2 and 4, there is NO WAY I would send them to their rooms for the rest of the night for anything. I can't even imagine a response this severe. Poor babies. Makes my heart hurt for them.
post #32 of 91
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Originally Posted by Yooper View Post
I am wondering what kind of HUGE house one must have to not hear the first rip.

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.
I can not hear my children when they are in their room or I am in another part of the house. Not everyone lives in 1000sq ft or less! I do not stand over my 3 yr old at all times, I even venture into the basement or upstairs and leave him on the first floor.


We do not put gifts out until after the boys are in bed the night before Christmas Day. I know what my brothers and I were like lol.
post #33 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.
Yikes, that's a little harsh. I would have laughed it off, probably let them pick out one thing as an early gift, and re-wrapped the rest.
post #34 of 91
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Originally Posted by phatchristy View Post
I don't get how a two year old is going to understand that they're not to open them....
2 yos are certainly smart enough to understand this.....but they lack the impulse control needed to go along with it. I've always put my presents under the tree from the time the tree is up.....but my toddlers were never alone with said tree either, lol.




If my OLDER kids (4 or 5 and up depending on maturity) had done this....I'd take the presents back to the store and exchange them for different presents because the suprise had been ruined.
post #35 of 91
My kids are 4 1/2 and 7, and this is the first year we have put gifts under the tree before Christmas Eve. We also are opening gifts pretty much as they come in the mail (our extended family all live in CT), and each weekend we've let them open one. If one of my kids opened all of theirs, then the natural consequence would be that there would be none to open on Christmas Eve! (Santa presents and gifts from DH and I won't go under until after they are sleeping on the 24th, and they'll open them when they wake up.) If a 2 year old opened gifts, I'd just rewrap and not say anything... actually, I would not have the gifts under there at all if it seemed to be an issue.

Sending them to bed for the rest of the evening... for what? Not being properly supervised in the first place? How long do you leave a 2 and 4 year old alone anyway? Long enough to open all of the presents under the tree?? Be glad that's all that happened!
post #36 of 91
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Originally Posted by happyhippiemama View Post
I was 3 or 4 when I took a few presents and hid inside my grandma's endtable (one of those hexagon ones with a door on one side - anyone know what I'm talking about??) and opened them.

They were Strawberry Shortcake figurines -a couple of inches tall, and they smelled like the food. I got SS, Lemon Meringue, and Blueberry Muffin.

I left the toys and the plastic packaging and the wrapping paper and all inside the endtable.

At some point before Christmas they were found. The torn paper and packaging was thrown away and the toys rewrapped.

I knew I was in trouble when I crawled into the endtable to play and they were gone.

On Christmas I had those three little funnily misshapen gifts to open and pretend to be surprised about. No one in my family EVER said anything to me about it (until as an adult we joked about it). But I felt SO guilty knowing I had been caught, and that they obviously knew, and I obviously knew they knew....

that I never did it again.
What a cute story!

We too wait until Christmas eve, after the kids are soundly sleeping, to put presents under the tree.
I love the surprised look on their faces when they see all of their presents there when they *know* that there weren't any yesterday!

DD is now getting to the age where she wants me to put some under; SIL/MIL have some presents wrapped and out already at their house, and she really likes that.
But with a 15 month old there's just no way that would ever work. I didn't even put up any fragile ornaments this year. We have nothing but dehydrated citrus slices and painted salt dough ones on the tree!
post #37 of 91
"seperated and questioned" Yikes! I guess we should be glad they weren't waterboarded.
post #38 of 91
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Originally Posted by Chinese Pistache View Post
Well, I know lots of 2 and 4 yr olds that couldn't resist. My 2 yr old keeps going after our gifts but the 4 and 7 yr old remind her not to
Oh yeah, I totally understand, my 'huh' was more of a 'I am now realizing that we haven't had any problems, I hadn't thought about it before' I just stuck them under there as a place to put them.
post #39 of 91
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Originally Posted by kama'aina mama View Post
"seperated and questioned" Yikes! I guess we should be glad they weren't waterboarded.

Bright light in the eyes, tied to a chair.

happyhippiemama, we had one of those tables too! It was a great place to hide!
post #40 of 91
Ah, see, this is the reason DH won't let me put the gifts out under the tree, early. We have 2 and 4 year old. Currently, their gifts are stacked in plain view in my bedroom, but have gone un-noticed because they're wrapped in brown craft paper.

If they got into them and opened them, I'd tell them "These are not for today", and would wrap them back up later on. I can't imagine punishing them for it, especially at that age.

My 2 year old found his gift this year at his grandmother's house. He had pulled it out of the gift bag, came running out and said "Look a car. A car for me?" And his grandmother said "Yes, it IS a car. Very nice! Lets put that back now", and just placed it back in the bag and put the bag up high where he couldn't see it. :P I thought that was a good way to handle it.
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