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Child psychiatrist recommends intangible holiday gifts

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One child psychiatrist is recommending that before you buy what your child wants for Christmas, to think about how fulfilling that gift would actually be.

The emotional rush of leaving the store with a hand full of bags, may not be worth it in the long run. With minimum wage at $8.25 in Illinois, buying a $60 game for a child could add up to 16 hours of work.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Evan Silvi with SwedishAmerican Hospital says quality time with your children is worth a lot more than something tangible.

"Maybe buying tickets to go somewhere or taking your kids to the park or sitting down with your kids even to watch TV, or to share a meal, I think that's a gift that kids remember a lot more."

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