Family Matters: To buy, or not to buy?

10.12.2012                      26.Kislew. 5773                      Channuka 2

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Family Matters: To buy, or not to buy?

Conflict resolution expert Shimrit Nothman gives her advice on what to do when children ask for expensive Hanukka presents.

Jenny asks: “Hanukka is coming soon, and my 11 year old son has informed me that he would like to receive the new iPhone 5 as a present for the holiday. I believe he is way too young to own an iPhone, and besides, it’s a very expensive gift. I tried to explain this to him, but he says that at least half his class owns one or will get one as a gift for Hanukka. I don’t want him to feel excluded and unhappy. What should I do?”