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Parenting/TODAY Moms Survey: Are Your Children Spoiled?

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Full Survey Results

 

Do you think your kids are spoiled during the holidays?

 

Yes. Our gift-giving has gotten out of control.

19.9%

A little.  We could definitely cut back.

56.2%

No. We set limits and stick to them.

23.9%

 

 

Do you ever feel guilty for saying no to something on your child’s wish list? 

 

Never. We’re the parents spending the  money, and they need to accept that.

24.1%

A little, but we openly discuss why some gifts aren’t possible.

57.7%

Yes. As parents we want to be able to give them everything.

18.2%

 

 

Compare how spoiled your kids are to how spoiled you were at their age.  Are they:   

 

More spoiled

59.0%

Less spoiled

10.8%

About the same

30.2%

 

 

What do you do to teach kids the importance of giving back during the holiday season?

 

Volunteer as a family

16.3%

Donate gifts and/or money to those less fortunate

70.2%

Other

16.5%

Not much

21.2%

 

 

Do you require your kids to send thank-you notes?  

 

Always

30.7%

Sometimes

41.7%

Never 

27.6%

 

 

Your child pitches a fit when Grandma gives him an unwanted gift. How do you handle this situation? 

 

Immediately apologize on your child’s behalf

3.5%

Make your child apologize for his behavior

67.8%

Reprimand/discipline the child

19.2%

Nothing in the moment, but we’ll sure be talking about it later

7.6%

Laugh it off…kids will be kids

1.8%

 

 

Do you bribe kids into good behavior with the “Santa’s watching…” 

 

Yes

57.1%

No

32.5%

Not applicable

10.3%

 

 

Do your kids spend their own money on gifts?

 

Yes

36.3%

No

22.5%

No, but only because they’re too young to have their own money.

41.2%

 

 

Your child is begging you for this year’s “must-have” (but impossible to get) gift.  What is the most extreme measure you’ll take in order to get it?

 

Stop by the store a few times and hope it’s in stock

43.9%

Visit multiple stores until I track it down

27.9%

Wrestle it away from another parent in the toy aisle

0.5%

Wait on abnormally long lines

12.6%

Research online until I find it

50.0%

Pay a premium to get it

7.2%

All of the above - whatever it takes

3.8%

None of the above

17.7%

 

 

How do you keep holiday spending under control? 

 

Setting and sticking to a strict budget

38.6%

Bargain shopping at outlet stores, using coupons, etc.

49.7%

Only buying gifts for the kids

28.5%

Gift exchanges like Yankee Swaps  and Secret Santa

7.7%

Set strict limits on the number of gifts given per person, regardless of age

16.2%

We don’t! This isn’t the time of year to hold back.

11.2%

 

 

Do you feel pressure to keep up with other families this time of year?

 

Absolutely

7.9%

Sometimes

38.7%

Never

53.4%

Approximately how much will you spend per child this year?

 

Under $25

1.3%

$25 to 50

4.2%

$51 to $100

13.4%

$101 to $200

26.7%

$201 to $300

24.2%

$301 to $400

12.4%

$401 to  $500

7.8%

$501 to $1,000

7.2%

More than $1,000

2.6%

 

 

Mean

27141.9%

Median

21844.5%

 

 

How will your holiday spending compare to last year’s?  

 

We’ll spend less.

25.9%

We’ll spend about the same.

66.1%

We’ll spend more. 

8.0%

 

 

Do you have a friend or family member who spoils your kid too much?

 

Yes

49.8%

No

50.2%

 

 

Have you ever asked anyone to scale back the number of gifts given to your kid?    

 

Yes

54.8%

No

45.2%

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