How to 'brat-proof' your kids this Christmas

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KUSA - For many children, the excitement and anticipation for Christmas morning has been building for months. Just like Santa, they've been making their lists and checking them twice to make sure they get exactly what they want.

But, after all the gifts are opened, many children feel upset or angry, even if they got everything they asked for. 9NEWS Psychologist Max Wachtel says this is what's called the "Christmas Letdown."

"It's very exciting in the morning. They open those presents and all the drama is gone. You can some see some sadness and anger. It can be very frustrating as a parent because you put so much effort in to it. It's really just the kid's natural reaction. It's them coming down from all of the excitement," Wachtel said.

When this happens, he recommends having some quiet, family time. For example, make cookies or play a game.

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