Charity urges parents to ditch Christmas lists for kids
Mothers’ Union has called for parents to scrap Christmas lists for their children as they launch ‘Labelled for Life’, which is a guide on dealing with commercial influences on family life. The Mother’s Union survey revealed that :
- 72% of parents have bought their children a gift that was on their Christmas list which they couldn’t afford.
- 46% were said to have taken out a loan to afford Christmas gifts.
by Louise-Anne Geddes, Mindful Mum, 5th November 2012
The charity commissioned a survey which asked questions about ‘Christmas pressures’ on parents. According to their findings, 72% of parents have bought their children a gift that was on their Christmas list which they couldn’t afford. 46% were said to have taken out a loan to afford Christmas gifts. Parents often also felt pressure to buy age inappropriate gifts for their children.
Dad more susceptible to pressure
According to the report, Dads are more likely to give in to pressure than Mums! The survey found that 41% of dads feel pressured by their kids to buy age inappropriate gifts, compared with 32% of mums. 43% of dads feel their kids compare gifts, while only 35% of mums feel aware of this.
Pressure on families
Reg Bailey, chief executive of Mothers’ Union said:
“The pressure this brings to bear on family relationships and happiness is enormous. Our survey shows that Christmas is the time of year when parents feel most pressurised into buying their children gifts which are over their budget, or inappropriate to their age. We want to ensure parents have the confidence to manage Christmas without debt or the stress of disappointing their children.
The majority of parents we spoke to (69%) said that Christmas lists create disappointment for children if they do not receive all the gifts that they have asked for. We wouldn’t want to spoil the traditions of Christmas, but we are asking parents to consider ditching the Christmas list specifically to help reduce this sense of disappointment at what should be a time of happiness for all the family. Our new Labelled for Life guide aims to give parents the confidence they need to handle issues around the commercialisation they face as a family”.
Have you ditched Santa’s list
At Mindful Mum we see a plethora of organisations, charitable as well as commercial chattering about writing a letter to Santa. Do you bother with a Christmas list? Tell us what you think about the writing of a letter to Santa or the commercialisation of children in the comments below.
More on Christmas activities for kids
Instead of getting your child to write a Christmas list for Santa why not get crafty together and make some Christmas decorations together.
Or create a advent calender instead.
Source: Mothers’ Union, ‘Ditch the Christmas List’, 5th November 2012
Image: Mother’s Union report into the commercialisation of childhood