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post #81 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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And letting a 2 yo. eat dinner in his/her bedroom is a scary thought.

There's just something ironic about punishment being doled out because, "dangit, kid, I wanted your gift to be a surprise." Um, "little less love, little more common decency," as the song goes.
post #82 of 91
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Originally Posted by boingo82 View Post
I never thought it'd be the baby giving the older one bad ideas.
My little brother gave me every bad idea I ever had!

No, really!

I MEAN IT.

Uh, don't tell him I said so, though, okay?
post #83 of 91
We don't have presents under the tree for that very reason - it's not fair to ask young children to sit and look at the gifts, and expect them not to open them for days/weeks. I think it's too much to ask of them, and it's setting them up to fail. All of our presents go under the tree when the children are in bed Christmas eve.
post #84 of 91
I would have kicked myself in the ass for being so stupid as to leave those gifts there with a 2 yo and a 4 yo around.
post #85 of 91
There are gifts under the tree right now, and I know the kids may unwrap them. If they do, I'll rewrap them and put them up. It's hard to find space for them all, which is why they're under the tree. But, if the gamble doesn't pay off, I'll try to find somewhere...and just explain that the gifts are for Christmas, and are for other people (I don't have the gifts for our kids under the tree yet, because if they open those, they'll know what they are.) I'm glad they're more interested in pulling ornaments off the tree, though. Actually, dd is leaving everything alone, but ds2 isn't even quite two and a half - anything is possible!
post #86 of 91
I'm also half horrified and half amused at the punishment. There is no way on earth I'd make my kids eat dinner in their rooms. I won't even allow my kids to eat dinner in their rooms. Our house rule is absolutely no food upstairs - ever. It applies to everyone.

Actually, aside from the computer desk, where I keep my sunflower seeds, the only time we let food out of the kitchen and dining area is when we make a big bowl of popcorn when we're watching a movie.
post #87 of 91

We learned not to put presents under the tree ;)

My oldest did that when he was little. There were only a few presents so it wasn't a big deal. We just told him that those were for Christmas morning and we taped them up again.

I don't know what I would have done if it had been ALL the presents. Probably the same thing.
post #88 of 91
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Originally Posted by ~Nikki~ View Post
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.
I think Grandma handled it really well

He'll still be excited when he opens it I'm sure since he's only 2.
post #89 of 91
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Originally Posted by tboroson View Post
I would have kicked myself in the ass for being so stupid as to leave those gifts there with a 2 yo and a 4 yo around.

Our gifts don't out until chritmas eve. One year though DD was probably around 2 and found a book in my closet and she was so thrilled,. It was just an early present.
post #90 of 91
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Originally Posted by Chinese Pistache View Post

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).
That was just plain mean, no matter what age the kids were
post #91 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.
Oh my. 2 and 4, they are babies!

We keep ours hidden until the night before.

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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??)
Totally! my mom and dad had two in the livingroom growing up. One was just regular, and in the other one was a turntable!
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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.
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