My kids will do just about anything I want to get a certain gift for Christmas. This is a time that my momma mode kicks in and I start plotting of all the things I want to get accomplished during the holidays.
The closet needs straightening.
The garage could use a bit of tidying up.
The leaves need raking.
The windows need to be cleaned.
At Christmas, I can pretty much know that things are going to get done when we start bartering for gifts.
This year, Walmart conducted a survey to find out what kids and parents really think about toys during the holiday season. Walmart’s Talking Holiday Toys survey found that kids are willing to do almost anything to get what they want for Christmas, 68% of kids said they would clean their rooms daily for a year, while 84% would work hard and give up playtime. But every child has limits, as only 23% of kids would eat spinach for a year to get their holiday toys.
Here is what WalMart discovered:
Naughty or nice? Kids who’ve had a few time outs this year are in luck. While the majority of kids think their behavior impacts the amount of holiday toys they get, 78 percent of parents plan to buy the same amount of toys for their children regardless of how naughty or nice they’ve been throughout the year.
Wish list toys – parents and kids disagree: The top toy gifts parents want to give their kids this Christmas are “toys that teach;” however, the top toys on kids’ wish lists are dolls and action figures.
Those sneaky kids: Parents are in the dark when it comes to knowing whether or not their kids find their gifts ahead of Christmas. Nearly twice as many kids as their parents say they found their gifts before the big morning (23 percent vs. 14 percent). The top hiding place? The closet.
Nagging works. Asked about the most persuasive technique their child uses to get the toy he/she wants for Christmas, the top response for parents is their child asking them repeatedly for the gift. Similarly, when kids are asked what they think is the best way to ensure that they get the toy they want for Christmas, the most popular response was to keep telling Mom or Dad over and over and over again.
We asked and you answered!
We recently polled our Facebook fans to ask them the same question. Here is their response to what they thought their kids would do for that special gift.
The majority of our readers said that their kids would clean their room anytime they asked to get that very special Christmas gift. Hmm—moms, here ya go! Leverage to get that room cleaned finally (wonder if that will work on my 18 year old?)
So — what do you think YOUR kids would do to get that special gift? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
This is part of a promotional campaign with Wal-mart. All opinions listed are our own.