The dynamics behind the 'one gift rule'
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When you look at it so black-and-white, the celebrity couple are probably not far wrong. It's a pretty obvious claim that if a child is spoiled by their grandparent(s), they'll likely start to appreciate less what they have and what they've received. I can't really relate to this claim. Not because I've never been spoiled, but because I was the sort of child that loved each gift the same as the last (or at least that's how I remember it). I remember one Christmas stumbling down the stairs to be greeted by a settee layered in gifts that left me dumbfounded and in tears. Grandparents are always going to spoil their grandkids. That's just an immutable law. I'm not sure what the reason for this is, but one grandmother told the BBC that it's an "emotional thing", while others say grandparents are simply on more of a level with their grandkids in the sense that they are "grown-up kids", and should be allowed to spoil them. Flooding your grandchildren with an unreasonable amount of presents, however, may contribute to the significant detriment of their
pyshce, with psychologists claiming that excessive gifts emphasise the child's focus on the gifts rather than the qualities in giving and sharing.
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