- Children are in for a restless night thinking about what presents they’ll receive
- But one psychologist says children shouldn’t be spoiled with a wealth of gifts
- Dr Michael Carr-Gregg told parents they should only gift a total of four presents
- But only one of the gifts should actually be something the child desires
With only one sleep left until Christmas, children are settling in for a restless night as they think about the presents they hope to unwrap from under the tree.
But an Australian psychologist said spoiling your children with a wealth of gifts may result in them not learning a valuable lesson.
Speaking to Sunrise, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg said parents should take a radical new approach to their gift-giving, so their kids can learn ‘the meaning of Christmas’.
Speaking to Sunrise, Dr Carr-Gregg said spoiling children with a wealth of gifts may result in them not learning a valuable lesson (stock image)
Australian psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg (pictured) said on Sunday that parents should take a radical new approach to their gift-giving, so their children can learn ‘the meaning of Christmas’
Dr Carr-Gregg suggested parents gift their children a total of four presents – with only one of them being something they desire.
‘My rule is you buy them one thing they want, one thing they need and one thing to read,’ he told the show’s hosts.
The fourth present shouldn’t be for the child at all, but for them to learn the power of generosity, he suggested.
‘In the spirit of Christmas, give one to charity,’ he said.
Dr Carr-Gregg suggested parents gift their children a total of four presents – with only one of them being something they desire (stock image)
‘That way, you put the meaning of Christmas back into the whole thing.’
Dr Carr-Gregg said he believes there is a large amount of pressure on parents to heavily focus on the material aspect of Christmas.
But he encouraged parents to resist that pressure by keeping their gift-giving to just three material presents.
He added: ‘If we keep it to just three presents that we give our children, I think that keeps a lid on it.’