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Parents Are the Ones Getting Played on Christmas

Every year I start the holiday season off by being in full Grinch mode. Is it just me or does it seem like the holidays seem to bring out the best and the worst in our kids? Have you noticed that all of a sudden your child starts to act like the perfect angel that you feel they should be year round.  And as much as you enjoy your child's new found sense of citizenship, you can't help but feel slightly pissed that it's because they want you to spend all of your money and soul to make them happy materialistically. News flash- Christmas is not where I am going to be a sucker this year and spend all of my money just so my child will adore me when in all actuality, she should be appreciative of the fact that I work to keep a roof over her head, food in her mouth and clothes on her back.

I know I may sound a bit bitter, but really I'm not. I just want to feel slightly appreciated for all of my hard work and sacrifices that I make all the other 364 days out the year without feeling like I'm buttered up. Yet, I can't help but fall into the trap of wanting to see the joy on my child's face on Christmas morning once she tears the wrapping paper off of her gifts. God forbid I get her something she didn’t want and then I'm left with the feeling that I wasted my money on a spoiled brat. Of course, I am the reason the child became a brat in the first place.