Day 6 // we don't buy presents for our kid
Yay, I'm catching up! So it's day six and what I'm writing about today might make some of you not like me anymore. It probably won't but there's still a possibility.
I love giving gifts. I also love receiving gifts. "Gifts" is one of my top love languages. I just really like to give. I tend to think I'm a pretty good gift-giver but those who have received my gifts at one time or another, may disagree.
However, there is one area in which my husband and I have chosen to 'live with less/spend less'. It's the area of buying gifts for our son, Cooper. Cooper is two years old. Cooper has celebrated two birthdays and two Christmases. Guess how many birthday and Christmas presents his mom and dad have purchased for him? None. Yep, none.
Go ahead and think that we are the worst parents in the world. It's ok. It won't hurt my feelings.
Here's what we think. Cooper is still too young to understand what a "gift" is. He's probably also still too young to know what a birthday or Christmas means. He gets plenty of birthday and Christmas presents from friends and family and Justin and I have no desire to add to the collection of stuff he doesn't "need". Please don't get me wrong, we LOVE when he gets presents from our friends and family because we know it's their way of showing Cooper that they love him. We do the same for our friends and family. We would never deny him a gift from someone else (unless it was going to harm him, of course) but we ourselves have chosen to let others be the bearers of gifts as long as Cooper doesn't know the difference. I should also day that we LOVE our son, we just choose to show that love through avenues other than physical gifts.
One day when he's older and smart enough to figure out that his parents didn't get him anything for his birthday, well, then maybe we'll change our policy. Maybe. This Christmas will be Cooper's third and we still haven't talked about whether or not we'll get him anything.
I'll let you know what we decide:)
How do you all feel about getting gifts or not getting gifts for your kids? Especially when they are too young to know what it means?