Managing Kids' Expectations in a Season of Gifts and Gimmes

little kid looking at a christmas tree - kids' expectations
little kid looking at a christmas tree - kids' expectations

In a shopping season on steroids, kids are encouraged to reveal their heart's desires in wish lists and letters to Santa. However, while gift catalogs and commercials inspire visions of XBoxes and iPads, how can parents on a budget manage their kids' expectations?

WalletPop sought the advice of New York-based experts Dr. Laurie Zelinger, Child Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist, Dr. Fred Zelinger, Psychologist and Dr. Susan Bartell, Parenting Psychologist and author of The Top 50 Questions Kids Askto learn how to maintain the excitement and anticipation of holiday gift-giving without going into debt to avoid disappointment.