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CANADIAN DAD puts Santa to shame

By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 at 8:10 am in Parenting Issues.

20071002 Santa ClausMost of us will admit to using it, at least once, at this time of the year: “If you’re not good, Santa won’t come.” It’s the ultimate weapon to wield against our kids. It’s the best way to insure chores are completed on time. But now, thanks to a dad in Canada, we have a new source for the power of persuasion.

guitarlogoCheck out Tony Hicks’ column about a father in Montreal who bought his teenage son the popular video game “Guitar Hero III.” When the dad caught his son smoking pot, he listed the game on eBay, denying his son the ultimate gift and pocketing a winning bid of $9,000-plus. Wow, talk about a costly lesson during the holidays (costly for the son, that is). We’re pretty sure this father’s not alone. If you have a great “lesson” story, share it with us in the comments section.

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  1. Beth M. Says:

    Every year, our kids (we have four) get to open one present on Christmas Eve. If one of them acts out in the weeks leading up to Christmas, this privilege is taken away. Guaranteed, the same kid never messes up two years in a row. It’s really tough having to watch the other three play with their new toys.

  2. Susan Says:

    One year my 10-year-old son told his 5-year-old brother that Santa wasn’t real. So, we held back the 10-yr-old’s gifts from “Santa.” Should have seen the shock when his brother got tons more presents on Christmas morning. When we were sure the lesson had sunk in, we “discovered” Santa had dropped our 10-yr-old’s presents outside. He is a big believer in Santa now.

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