Kids will get gifts whether they're naughty or nice
Parents say behavior isn't really a factor in gift getting.
Although the threat of Santa knowing if you've been bad or good might come in handy to keep kids in line during the holiday season, it turns out to be an empty one. A new study finds that Santa (read: Mom and Dad) will give children presents whether they've been naughty or nice.
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USA Today reported about a national survey Walmart conducted of parents and kids, asking various questions about holiday gift giving and getting. Eighty percent of parents said their kids will get the same number of gifts, regardless of their behavior. But Santa's hold still works over kids: 62 percent surveyed said they believed they'd get more presents if they were nice over naughty.
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Mom Amber Plante told USA Today that she'd rather her two sons have fond memories of Christmas morning, rather than using it to teach a lesson: "I'd rather my boys have fuzzy memories of happy times ripping open their presents, not of being harshly taught a lesson that, frankly, could be taught any other day of the year."
Does your kids' behavior influence how many presents they get? Do you tell your kids that Santa's watching?
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Looks like mostly democrats voted. No need to ever earn anything - everyone deserves everything.
Way to teach your kids how the world works. Have you considered foster care?
Entitlement is the whole problem with what's wrong with todays youth.. they are told, shown , how to get everything in life without working, for what they want. There's a huge difference in what one needs and what one wants.. OUR needs will be met if we take control of our lives.. get a job, work as hard as you [possible can. that's what we the workinging class do daily, NOTHING is FREE.. it's costing those who are working ,
for your FREEBIES.., adult toys such as the latest gadgets, those who pay for YOUR FREE health insurance, which I cannot afford to buy, although I'm a working retiree ,
trying to make ends meet monthly.
I so hope the entitlement program of WELFARE will be stopped in it's tracks..
enough is enough, the waste from that one program is huge, way to big for anyone country to shoulder for those lazy, dopeheads, alcoholics, and others on the dole out, hand outs, programs.I do hope the children will be allowed back on the welfare program .. not their lazy parents, aunties, grandparents, who have LEARNED TO USE THE SYSTEM , to their advantage. The elderly should also be ALOWED BACK ON THE PROGRAM AS WELL.. WITH no BIG FANCY CARS, no electronic toys, they must go through a dope test like the ones we who have jobs must pass to work, if they fail those tests, they cannot apply for at least a full YEAR before trying to apply again for short term help ONLY. No more living like a king or queen off a social program , that started as a temporary form of help, NOT a life time of abuse as is the current day lifestyle of those on Welfare/ Entitlements.
Go ahead and be Bad little johnny get caught stealing, vandlizing, bullying and being a little SOB.
We'll still get you your christmas list we wouldnt want to hurt your fellings or self esteem too.
So the poll is showing
If they think that if they are bad they get gifts, now that's bad.
Their younger years are the time to learn right from wrong before it's too late
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