Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Parent to Parent

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Parent to Parent

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Christmas may be a time for giving, but parents struggling to meet the demands of their children's never-ending wish-lists are being urged by Tyneside-based national charity Parentline Plus not to give in to "pester power".

The charity is offering tips to parents wanting to manage their child's demands and expectations this year when they're asked for expensive Christmas gifts they can't afford.

And with advertising campaigns increasingly targeting children to pester their parents it's not surprising that Christmas can be one big worry for parents and their purse strings.

"It can feel good to spoil your child with expensive gifts and it's hard to say no," says Maureen Pearson, of the charity's Newcastle branch. "But parents can actually help their kids see they can't always have everything. One thing we advise is ask children to list presents in order of preference with a limit of five." Top tips for parents by parents;

NDon't feel guilty for not having a bottomless purse, especially if you want to give them things you never had. It helps to be calmly honest and explain what you think is value for money and what is affordable.

NDon't say yes unless you mean it. If your child asks you if they can have something and you feel put on the spot, tell them you will think about it so you can give them a final answer rather than break a promise.

NRemember children change their minds every week with new crazes. Help them to see that they can't have everything they want ( tell them not even Father Christmas has that much money and ask them to list presents in order of preference with a limit of five.

NSome parents tell their children that Father Christmas' list closes on November 30th (or a time convenient to you) to avoid last minute changes and panic buying.

NIs there anyone who can look after the kids when you go Christmas shopping? …

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