The following came in a Boston.com readers' Q&A this week with Child Caring writer Barbara Meltz:
Question: What's the best way to answer to a 4 year old that Santa will not bring him a Nintendo DS (in case he asks). He's way too young in my opinion but he's starting to see them around his friends.
Barbara Meltz: Marie, My favorite line for situations like this begins with three words: "In our family...." Kids understand that families are different.
What's more, they respect and value those differences.
Your son is too young for an explanation of why you object to Nintendo (I agree with you, by the way), but he is not too young to understand this: "In our family, Nintendo is for kids in middle school." Or whatever.
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