Transcript for Mom Sparks Debate About Spoiling Kids at Christmas
issue a lot of parents struggle with at holiday time. How much is too much when it comes to christmas gifts for kids? Bianna golodryga talked to one mom who sparked a defor her argument for spoiling her kids at holiday time. Reporter: This scene from the classic movie, "a christmas story," kids ripping open gifts galore, is a scene many parents try to avoid re-creating. But this holiday season, one mom is buying her kids whatever they want. And she doesn't feel bad about it. Walking down the toy aisle is really hard because you want -- she wants everything. I see how excited she gets. And you know, as a parent, you just want to give your kids everything. Reporter: Liz says all year long, she and husband, david, say no to extravagant gifts. And spend 364 days a year to teach her children. The whole year is about restraint and lessons. Christmas might be a nice time to have gifts. Reporter: Other families have their own holiday giving strategies. President obama and first lady, michelle, say sasha and malia are allowed to ask for three gifts apiece. Is there a right answer to the great gift giving debate? I think the most important is for families to think about what is it we really want to focus on? Is it empathy? Is it gratitude? Compassion? And what are the strategies we're going to have to help develop their inner kid. Reporter: For "good morning america," bianna golodryga, abc news, new york. A lot of strong feelings about this. We asked our viewers about it. Lisa tweeted, really bad idea. We spoiled our son. And now, at 18, it is difficult to change him. Uh-huh. Another viewer said, I taught my kids that christmas is literally year-round for them. We buy things through the year and christmas is just a big plus. And it's not about who gets more gifts or how much it costs. Ericka souter is here. Every family handles this in a different way. We're finding a lot of parents are going crazy, buying out the whole store. Or trying to limit it this year. Get one really special gift. Whether it's a tablet or a smartphone. And little stocking stuffers. Pele are trying to take it back. They're not -- kids are growing up to be entitled, spoiled little monsters. That's what we're dealing with these days. You hate the feeling under the tree, about half a hour in, the presents -- it's hard for parents to say no. I'm guilty of this. I was in the store yesterday. And I'm buying these things that my son loves. He's 5. And I get to the register. And the clerk says, how many kids is this for? And I -- oh. I said, one. But my best friend -- I decided to take some back because of that. This is interesting because when you have one child, it might be harder. I have to buy for five. I have to keep it simple. I can't go crazy. I'll go crazy. By that, you know, just have to make it simple. All of my kids asked for ipads. None of them are getting them. They have to be aspired to attain, I think. A lot of parents have issue that the message of christmas is getting lost in all of this gift buying. Kids don't know what the season is about. They're not thinking, it's about family and having fun and togetherness. They're like give me more. So many parents don't have to have the conversation. They just can't afford it. What is a good strategy for all of us? I think it's not going crazy. Teach your kids about christmas is having fun. You get a present that you want. But that's not really what the season is about. It makes it easier for all of us. Giving. It's the season of giving. Kindness and love. I think it's important. Great advice. Thank you so much.
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