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Old 11-24-2012, 09:00 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by boysniris
LOL my son did this around the same age

He is almost 8 now, and recently diagnosed w/ADHD. I didn't punish him for the gift-opening, just told him that it wasn't okay and put the rest of the gifts away. Not seeing gifts under the tree made him sad enough, and punishments have generally been ineffective with him.

I love the suggestion of putting the gifts up high where the boys can see them but not play with them.

Another idea is to just totally take down all the Christmas stuff and tell them that since they opened their gifts Christmas celebration at your house is over, and they will get their presents on Christmas Day. Then I would put it all away and put the gifts away until Christmas Day.

I must be soft-hearted, I think it would be *very* hard to look at all those presents for a month and not be curious...at least they peeked rather than completely tear open the wrapping (that's what my son did).
I would just put the gifts away until Christmas. What they did was wrong but I don't see punishing 4yos to any large degree over it. Put all the presents away somewhere and explain that you cannot trust them not to snoop. It's a good opportunity for a discussion on trust.

My older kids are 2yo and 5yo. They've both been known to try opening gifts so all presents stay at my office until Christmas Eve. I was a bad kid, LOL, and would snoop for gifts or receipts, so I remove all evidence!
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