How to react to an awful gift
Dad tests son’s reaction to being given an avocado for his birthday.

Kids can be brutally honest. Sometimes that honesty can be embarrassing or revealing, too. Especially if it shows up a child’s parents. The story behind this incredibly cute video is also a life lesson for parents of young children: how to teach (and test) your child’s graciousness when it comes to receiving gifts.

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Apparently the kid’s father had chosen to give him an avocado as a birthday present to test how the boy would react when it came to opening gifts at his birthday party. Fortunately, it appears as though the somewhat-practical present is well received. “It’s an avocado!” the boy gushes, “Thanks!”

The gifts that keep on giving

Parents have a good reason to be concerned: no one wants to be that person who looks a gift horse in the mouth, but if you use that expression to teach your kids on gift etiquette, the conversation gets confusing. Small kids don’t get it – they’d kinda love to get a pony, so bring on the horse! On the other hand, if an elderly great aunt is adamant that socks make better gifts than Batman accessories, then you could be in danger of your child giving a deadpan response: “Socks… gee, just what I’ve always wanted”.

The important lesson to teach your child is that giving is often more fun (and rewarding) than receiving. Families have different approaches to gifts; some give cost-effective token gifts and others like to go completely overboard. It’s much easier to teach a child to be polite it they’re used to modest gifts and that much harder if they expect every wrapped parcel to have something grand and expensive inside.

It’s also difficult to teach your child in the heat of the moment about gift etiquette. If the room is a flurry of shredded paper and excited people, your child will hardly be focusing on life lessons.

Rather than the moment of giving or receiving, it’s a good idea to discuss the process with your child in a different context.
Let’s face it, though, even the most polite children would struggle to receive something as un-gifty as an avocado.

Well done, avocado kid’s parents!

Has your child ever reacted badly to a gift?

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