To some parents and adults, such behavior is understandable specifically during Christmas. To child psychologists, this can be a cause of a serious lack of contentment which children can carry onto their adult years.
Keen to make your children understand and practice contentment? Yes? Start by modeling it to them. Here are some helpful insights that can help you moving forward.
Being content is the spiritual state and not just a mental state or conditioning of the mind. Contentment makes you feel whole without needing anything or a lot of things. A person who is content is not motivated by things.
Show your kids that you're content yourself. They simply imitate what they see in you. Do you express happiness only when you're able to buy new things for yourself, for your house or for your children. They will easily pick up this behavior.
Change your point of view. Remind yourself daily that it's not all about you. Incorporate in your system the joy of giving and model it to your kids. Organize gift-giving activities and involve your kids in them. Then, you can ask them how they feel about giving. Expound more on the feeling of happiness giving creates in our hearts. Also, explain to them that giving doesn't involve material things only. It also involves generosity wit your talents, time or what have you.
This Christmas, try to think about giving your kids gifts that will last forever. If you're keen about creating memories with your kids, plan a meaningful vacation with the whole family this holiday season. Capture the special moments you're able to create in photos and have a short discussion about them with the kids when you get home.