Do you want to read some depressing Christmas statistics? Black Friday Christmas spending shot up 13 percent in 2015, reported Biz Report on Nov. 30. But the primary recipients of those gifts–kids–are getting greedier and brattier at the holidays, say their parents. Every Christmas you read about toy fights at stores, outrageous behavior from selfish children and the ridiculous lengths indulgent parents will go to for their spoiled kids. But Christmas 2015 hit new lows for greed, entitlement and audacity. Parents blame stores for Christmas toy fights and for their spoiled teens temper tantrums. Yes, you read that correctly–spoiled teens–61 percent of parents expect Christmas temper tantrums from their 18+ kids over gifts. Parents are not ashamed of this attitude of ingratitude–they believe manufacturers would prevent toy fights if they just made more. Parents blame stores for shorting them and making their spoiled teens make life miserable at Christmas. Talk about natural selection at its best.
A survey asked parents how their kids would react if they didn’t get what they wanted for Christmas. 54 percent said their 18+ teenagers would cry (society calls these people adults, mind). 56 percent of knew their teens would ruin Christmas Day for everyone (who wouldn’t want to be invited to those Christmas parties??) Almost 50 percent of parents expected toy fights (there’s thinning of the herds for you!) and almost 20 percent said their adult-age teens would run away (good riddance!) The numbers were actually lower among younger children. Parents expected fewer temper tantrums than they did from older siblings (practice makes perfect, it seems).
Most parents say they have selfish children. Parents further acknowledge that they spend too much on their children at Christmas and that their children don’t appreciate their Christmas presents. But it’s not their spoiled teens or children who are at fault–say many parents. Parents aren’t to blame, either (say parents). It’s the (wait for it) stores and manufacturers’ who don’t provide enough gifts. Parents can’t satisfy their greedy teens and children so naturally toy fights break out and children throw temper tantrums. Right?
That’s not the only hypocrisy. Seventy-five percent of parents say they feel guilty saying no to items on children’s Christmas lists. 75 percent of parents overspend and 76.1 percent say their Christmas spending is out of control. On the other hand, parents don’t want their children to be selfish children; they are especially embarrassed by spoiled teens (ya think?!) Sixty percent of parents say their selfish children are worse than they were at the age. They describe horrific Christmas morning meltdowns when kids didn’t get what they wanted. But these same parents admit to spending hundreds of dollars per spoiled child, whether they can afford it or not.
The writing on the wall is pretty clear. Many kids and teens are ungrateful, demanding and greedy and parents have only themselves to blame. Parents said they’d correct a child who pitched a fit over an unwanted gift. But only a few would reprimand the child publicly and very few would actually take gifts away if they throw temper tantrums. Some parents apologize for their children! Maybe the Grinch was right–Christmas really does come in packages or it had better if parents know what’s good for them.