Sorry for posting this here, but it's the only safe space. My soon to be ex has bought our 3 kids 30 presents each for Christmas. So much for teaching them it's not about gifts. ☹️

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That is a lot. It is often very difficult to remember it isn't a competition. It sounds like guilt buying to me. Just be consistent and be there for them. They will remember how they felt, not what they got as they get older. Hang in there.


I understand your feelings and they are 100% valid. As someone who has been divorced and co-parenting for 10 years now, though, I can honestly say the best you can do is not concern yourself with what you can’t control. As long as he isn’t doing something that harms them you have to let it go or pick your battles. It’s hard and you will mess up (I still do even though we have a really good relationship now) but it’s worth it for the kids.


You could have a "break in" and hide them all and give the presents to the kids throughout the year, a gift every 10 days or so...


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