Kids love holidays, right? Yet, they hate chores. So, what happens when the two collide? Which one will prevail, the love for festivities or the hate of drudgery? One thing is for certain – it will be different for each individual child, but the trend is sort of disconcerting.
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4 Reasons Why Every Kid Hates Putting up Christmas Lights
It’s really not all that hard to figure out why kids dislike decorating for Christmas, all you have to do is think about your own childhood and be honest about it. No warm and fuzzy feelings of nostalgia, no fond memories of holidays past, just brutal, honesty about remembering those days. With time, events tend to become embellished in our mind’s eye, no matter how unpleasant they actually were (or because of it). It’s not about putting yourself in your kids’ shoes, it’s about wearing your old ones.
So, what bothers kids the most?
Well, for one, since we’re speaking about a winter holiday, there’s the cold. Yes, sure, kids are not dolls made of porcelain, they won’t break, they won’t freeze to an inch within their life, but there’s a big difference between freezing while playing and freezing while helping your mom or dad put up the lights, and risk falling off a ladder or snagging on a nail or what have you. Even in more balmy climates, Christmas is a time when kids are off school, and the last thing they want to do is have responsibilities.
Two, it’s a chore! Could you imagine a more unpleasant thing to do outside, in the snow, besides shovelling it? Clean your room, take out the trash, sweep up the driveway, mow the lawn (well, the last two are not exactly what you’d tell your six-year-old, but teenagers are also kids, right? and this is their purview). When they are made to help with stringing the Christmas lights up, they will take it as a chore, not an opportunity to spend some time with the family. Sure, later in life they might remember it with fondness, and thank their parents for including them, but at that particular point in their life, it’s an unwelcome responsibility. If they offer to help, that’s an entirely different matter, but this is not something that should be forced upon them.
Three, children are very self-centered, and they love being in charge. Putting up Christmas lights, even if they’re supposed to do it all by themselves (which most often is not the case, to be honest), feels to them as not being in charge. Some kids might enjoy being helpful, adding staple guns, untangling the lights, standing beneath and guiding – A little to the left. A little to the left! A little to the left! Too far!
However, there are no actual decisions left to them, are there? And there’s only so much parents allow them to do (climbing a ladder to stand on the roof comes to mind), so they feel smaller, less significant. Come to think of it, some kids might do well with some sizing down for their egos.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, kids are kept away from their cell phones and computers. Yes, this is a good thing, and they may grow up to thank their parents for it, but at that particular moment, they are not likely to take it that way. Unless hanging up the lights is as engaging as playing the new game or watching the newest episode of their favorite Let’s Player, they’re not going to take kindly to being torn apart from their gadgets. You might make a compromise and invite them to capture the moments on their cell phone.