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Gift-giving debate: Do you spoil your kids over the holidays?

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For a kid, there may be no better time of year than the holidays. You make a long list of presents you want and see how much of the stuff you get.

Of course, the holidays can lead to excess and many agree there's probably too much commercialism.

Do you worry about spoiling your kids this time of year?

Many of us are aware of the issue, even if we still overdo it at the store. So, here's some of the advice that's out there for families who want to indulge -- without accidentally raising a brat.

One psychologist recommends parents do a self-assessment and asking yourself: Are you buying expensive gifts just to keep up with the Joneses? Are you worried your kids will be disappointed if they don't super-pricey gifts?

The psychologist says, no matter what, it's important to stay within your budget.

It's also good to step back and think about the spirit of the season and maybe start some new traditions. Do volunteer work together, or donate gifts for people who are less fortunate. You can also give a gift to a neighbor who might be lonely or just bake some cookies and bring them over.

Some other advice: Let your kids help pick out, and wrap, the gifts you give to others.

Be sure to set a budget on those gifts too. It helps kids understand the time and effort that goes into gift giving.

Also, teach them how to be truly gracious when receiving gifts and give them some lines to use that go beyond just "thanks," like, "it was kind of you to think of me."

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