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Grandson has a bit of the "give me, give mes"

Thursday, April 10, 2014

He loves his legos and is very good with them. But he continues to ask us to buy more for him....and these days these darn things are expensive!!! The one we bought him for Christmas was like $150 dollars...some Star war spaceship or something like that....and his is turning 8 and the thing was for like 10 and up and he follows the directions and does an amazing job with putting it together....but now the next one is is bugging everyone for is like $500.....I kid you not!!! Lego sure is smart about getting the kids addicted to these things. I keep telling him to save his money and then one day perhaps he can buy it. I think it's crazy!!!!!! He has tons of ones he has put together......I am starting to think that I might tell him that I will carefully take one apart for him to rebuild for something to do.....hum.

Anyway, do any of you have grandkids or kids that have the "give mes" and if so....have any advise for me?
Hope you all have a terrific day.
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    I don't have grandkids, but my cousin's kids are always
    asking for everything they see. Their mother is on her
    own and gives in to their every wish. Gave the daughter
    (8) $50 when she lost a tooth??? That is so wrong.
    Just tell your grandson to use his imagination with what
    he has and make his own creations.
    1502 days ago
    I don't have grand kids yet, but with my God children I try not to give in to them. It is hard, but we have to teach them while they're young that they cannot have everything that they want. Good luck and have a great day!!!
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    1502 days ago
    tell him to get a paper route,young kids do that here, one of their parents goes along with them being so young. Do not give in to him!!!
    1502 days ago
    There are some great Lego books you can get at Toys R Us that allows the kids to use the same kits to re-create other things they maybe hadn't thought of. Maybe that will help?

    Lego's are expensive!
    1502 days ago
    I can't imagine spending that kind of money on a present for my grandkids. If that was something I could afford, I'd put it in savings for their future education.
    1502 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Outrageous!! That price is highway robbery!! We never got special sets for them when we were kids. Getting a bucket and doing your own thing is much more fun. I agree they need to know there are limits. You aren't Bill Gates!
    I was pleased the nieces and nephews never wanted anything expensive and were happy with what they got. They had simple tastes.
    Good luck with this!
    1502 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Grandkids are wonderful. But they need to learn the value of the dollar and work too. $500.00 dollars for a Lego Set is way to much for any pocket book. Have fun and enjoy them while you are with them. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1503 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/10/2014 1:43:28 PM
  • GUNNSGIRL91303
    My grandkids are totally of the giveme generation. They have learned the hard way that this grandma and grandpa are frugal and don't have the money for $100 gifts.

    Legos have gotten way too expensive. They were never cheap. I would compile all his legos together and show him that he can make anything he wants from all those legos. My brother never needed kits to make anything. Kids need to use their imaginations, something they are losing fast in this modern world.
    1503 days ago
    We bought the large buckets of legos, you can still get them. Then they have to build whatever they want. We seldom bought kits and my kids never liked that anyway, they like to do their own thing. I would try and find him a big bucket of legos and tell him to build whatever he likes. They still sell them that way.
    1503 days ago
    Lego ought to be shot, or bombed or something! $150 is scandalous and 500'would be impossible if the public made sure there was no marketmfor it!
    1503 days ago
    OH my. I think the advice I would give (which has already been stated) is have him use the Leggos he has to make hisown creation!!!

    My son loved Leggos and begged for every new kit that came out. Hmm....$$$$ doesn't grow on trees! 'Fraid this generation in general doesn't like to wait for what they WANT (never mind distinguishing between wants and needs).

    Good luck, whatever you decide to do. Have you talked with your DS about it, your DIL? What do THEY think about it??

    1503 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    When legos first started they stimulated creativity because WE decided what to build. Now they have kits. I say encourage him to make something from his imagination with the Legos that he has.
    1503 days ago
    Just be grateful he's creative and using his brain. He could be killing zombies on some play station LOL

    How about finding some creative ways to help him "earn" some money towards the next set. Tell him once he has enough for half (or whatever you want to agree on) you'll put the rest towards it!
    Bonus is he'll also learn the value of money emoticon
    1503 days ago
  • LIS193
    Lego used to fun - you built something and then took it to pieces to build something else... nowadays the kits are for something specific and once it is built it doesn't get taken to pieces anymore, or played with much for that matter.. Where is the creativity??

    1503 days ago
    Lego figured out that they make much more $ by selling individual kits; when the kid completes the build, they're ready for another! In my day, it was just a giant tub of assorted bricks and we built whatever we short, I think Lego figured out that endless creativity is great for kids, but not for the company's bottom line. Maybe for the next birthday, a trip to the Lego store to buy just loose bricks so he can tap into that creativity?

    I think chores to earn $ is a great idea....but I have also been known to just say "no" to gimme's.
    1503 days ago
    Stay firm and don't buy him everything he wants. My GC are very good about not asking for toys all the time. And mom and dad approve.
    1503 days ago
    I have 7 Grand kids.... all I can say is relax and have fun! Send you extra hugs today!
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    1503 days ago
  • CHARMIN944
    My 10 year old granddaughter is a fanatic about Monster High dolls! She has at least 10. Her mother gave her $100 (!!!!!) for her birthday and she used it for that. But that's a different story.

    I would have my grandchild earn their give-me's by doing lots of chores. I have no problem with that.
    1503 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    My youngest nephew is about the same age and is CONVINCED that the birthday present I am sending him is a limited edition Lego something or other.

    Take him to the toy store with $5 and let him see what that buys. Then have him come home and do something like clean his room for 20 minutes. Give him 50 cents for doing that and he will start to understand the value of money.
    1503 days ago
    Gotta love the kids. They have no idea. It might be time for a reality check.

    Legos have really gone crazy, haven't they? $500?? Yikes.
    1503 days ago
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