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post #61 of 91
We don't put any presents under the tree 'til x-mas eve for just that reason. I always unwrapped and rewrapped as a kid. I don't give my kids the chance.

I certainly don't think I would interrogate them like THAT, though. Seems kinda harsh to me. Poor kiddos.
post #62 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....
Oh my gosh - I sure hope my sarcasim was clear in my post Am I losing my edge?
post #63 of 91
I think the way they handled it was terrible.

I don't get what they thought might happen with kids that young. I'd prob let them have one out, rewrap the rest, maybe buy one or two more new things that they didn't know, and put them away until it was time to open.

Poor kids.
post #64 of 91
I do what my parents did, I put the presents under the tree after my kids go to bed on Christmas Eve. I don't expect small children to have that kind of impulse control.
post #65 of 91
[QUOTE=Marsupialmom;10061812]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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Totally! Dd is almost 6, and ds is 3.5. I don't put their gifts out until they're in bed on Christmas Eve. There's no way they could control themselves if there were gifts for them under there. They like looking at the gifts for friends and family, but they haven't attempted to unwrap them. I guess knowing what is in them takes the curiosity away.

Oh, and this is actually the first year that I've put out any wrapped presents at all. I think this is the first year that they "get" that the presents are to be unwrapped by the people receiving them.
post #66 of 91
Goodness...like kids that young understand why they are being punished so severely. Sheesh...

If they were 12 and 14 I might understand a bit more...but 2 & 4? Thats silly
post #67 of 91
We only do four gifts and stocking stuffers, so it's not much to keep hidden. Thus, no gifts under the tree until Christmas morning. She's not the type to get into something like that though, so I wouldn't be worried about putting gifts out ahead of time, but that's just her. I've seen other two year olds that I wouldn't be so sure of.

If I DID put gifts under the tree, I would be more mad at myself for leaving them alone long enough to unwrap them all than I would be mad at the kids for physically unwrapping them.
post #68 of 91
Our kids are almost that old, and our strategy to prevent that situation was have DS1 help wrap, and talk a lot about how we were going to open these on Christmas, which is when Aunt and Uncle will be here. Are we gonna open them when Aunt and Uncle aren't here? No. Should we open them today? No. Should we wait until Christmas? Yes!
Then we put the presents out of reach of DS2.
And DS1 and I talk every day about how many more days we have until Aunt and Uncle get here, and how many days until Christmas, etc. We had a countdown like this for Thanksgiving and he seems to understand that certain things happen on certain days.

That all said, if they did open the presents in advance, they would help re-wrap them. There wouldn't be much more to it. They're babies, for pete's sake.
post #69 of 91
I think the parents should have been punished and the children should have gotten cookies and milk.

post #70 of 91
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Originally Posted by mightymoo View Post
... 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.

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post #71 of 91
At 2 and 4 I'd be blaming myself for leaving them unsupervised. It's surely isn't their fault.
post #72 of 91
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Originally Posted by BlueStateMama View Post
I think that someone who puts presents under the tree - in sight of and in reach of toddlers/preschoolers doesn't get where they are developmentally, at all. It's an impulse control thing, they just don't have it at all, at 2, and it's still developing in a 4 year old. Parent's job to control the environment, not the kid's job to defy their natural impulse to explore and be nosy.
Well, I just said we have all our presents wrapped and under our tree with our 3 year old.

I only have one child. I do not have a lot of experience with other children. It's absolutely not an issue with our son. He would just not do that.

All kids are not the same.

Besides, my son is not really unsupervised for any long period of time. He likes us to all play together, not play on his own.
post #73 of 91
use more tape next time.

How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?!
post #74 of 91
I'm sorry they handled it the way they did. I would consider it a lesson learned for me.
post #75 of 91
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Originally Posted by Arduinna View Post
At 2 and 4 I'd be blaming myself for leaving them unsupervised. It's surely isn't their fault.
Totally this
post #76 of 91
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I just said we have all our presents wrapped and under our tree with our 3 year old.

I only have one child. I do not have a lot of experience with other children. It's absolutely not an issue with our son. He would just not do that.

All kids are not the same.

Besides, my son is not really unsupervised for any long period of time.
That's cool he has that self-control. Maybe my 4 year old would be able to handle it, but I think that two together tend to play off each other a bit. My 2 year old is a bit of an instigator and he is far more likely to do something he's not supposed to if she leads the way.

Mine are usually unsupervised for long periods of time when I let them get out the knives or matches.
post #77 of 91
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Originally Posted by BlueStateMama View Post
Mine are usually unsupervised for long periods of time when I let them get out the knives or matches.


I'm sure we'll be in trouble with 2 kids, but seriously, my one kid is not really the getting in to stuff type.
post #78 of 91
I question the judgement of putting the presents out this early, but I can see how unsupervised presents could be opened without anyone noticing until it was too late.

I thought you were going to say that they were told that they couldn't have the presents ever, which is a threat I've heard people use before
post #79 of 91
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Originally Posted by BlueStateMama View Post
That's cool he has that self-control. Maybe my 4 year old would be able to handle it, but I think that two together tend to play off each other a bit. My 2 year old is a bit of an instigator and he is far more likely to do something he's not supposed to if she leads the way.

Mine are usually unsupervised for long periods of time when I let them get out the knives or matches.
That's how mine are. Blake is usually pretty good at doing what he should, but if Gavin, say, gets up on the kitchen table, stomping and yelling, Blake will follow suit. I never thought it'd be the baby giving the older one bad ideas.
post #80 of 91
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I never thought it'd be the baby giving the older one bad ideas.
Seriously!
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