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I'm hoping to get a debate settled in our house. My four-year-old is fascinated with the Christmas tree. I don't mind if she touches it, takes ornaments off and hangs them in new places, because I've taught her to handle fragile things carefully from a young age. She'll spend hours moving decorations around, getting "just the right look"--not my cup of tea, but what the heck?
Dad doesn't like it. He says once the tree is decorated, it's for looking at, not for touching. Granted, he has some very delicate blown glass ornaments from Italy up high where the preschooler can't reach them. I understand he doesn't want them broken, but if they were that much of a worry to me, I would have left them off the tree for another year or two, just in case.
So, should I enforce the "no touch" rule, insist on taking the Italian masterpieces off the tree, or let my daughter touch carefully with the Italian ornaments still on? I hate taking away an experience she seems to enjoy so much. Maybe she has a future in interior design.
Answer by Nimue930 at 4:47 PM on Dec. 10, 2012
I've never had a child who wanted to rearrange it once it's done. Honestly, I can understand both sides of this issue. I would think she could be creative in another way, (ie: making holiday crafts as gifts or helping bake cut out cookies) while still respecting hubby's wishes & presenting a united parental front.
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