Do any of you feel that we are doing our children a disservice by letting them fall into the cycle of consumption and waste?? I mean we go out of our way to make nutritious dinners for our children, we are mindful of their diet and what they put into their body, we put effort into their schooling and making sure they get the most out of it, we put them in sports so they can develop physically and sociallyĂ˘Â€Â¦. But when it comes to financial health and overall Ă˘Â€ÂśconsciousnessĂ˘Â€Âť of consumerism, itĂ˘Â€Â™s like we just throw our children to the lions?
Do any of you feel that way? One thing that I have been trying to do with my children is educate them and tell them Ă˘Â€ÂśNo you donĂ˘Â€Â™t NEED thatĂ˘Â€Âť Ă˘Â€ÂśYou donĂ˘Â€Â™t NEED that just because its on TVĂ˘Â€ÂťĂ˘Â€Â¦ and it is hard. The level that kids are attracted to blatant consumerism and waste is alarming.
What are your thought on this subject?? Am I way out there or what or does anyone else feel that this is an overlooked aspect of parenting?
Interesting topic, I have some of the same concerns, it is a challenge to create some balance in responsible behavior and desire. Most kids desire to have what other kids or peers have. I know from my experience with my own kids, it is a struggle for this balance. Throwing them to the wolves is not what I consider an option. I explain the value to them and the effects of making these decisions. I do not like telling them they can not have something, I explain they can have it, but there is a price for it. Sometimes this price is higher than they are willing to pay.
We obviously live in a time when everything is disposable. I feel you pain..