Commercialism may be good for the economy. Still, it’s ruining our kids and creating mountains of waste they’ll be responsible for cleaning up. It’s a drain on your already empty wallet and a great way to generate a generation of spoiled kids. Those spoiled kids will soon turn into spoiled adults. The world will not be handed to them on a platter. How will they face hardships in adulthood? How do we get the lesson of frugality across to kids who have grown up inundated with the buy, buy, buy mentality?
Exposure to commercialism starts early. Beat it to the punch. Today I heard that a major grocery chain is attaching TV sets to shopping carts to keep kids entertained in the grocery store. Say what? Want to entertain your kids in the grocery store? Use your shopping trip to educate kids about the value of saving money. As for those retailers, if they really want to spend millions of dollars to help parents, they could try lowering their prices or donating money to local shelters.
Where do kids get all their commercialized ideas? How do they find out about all these wondrous gadgets and gizmos they “need” ? While the word may come to them from other children, it likely originated from a TV or radio commercial. Even educational TV is inundated with commercials these days. Get your kids up and out of the house. Take them to museums, zoos, or just play catch with them in the back yard. Show them what it’s like to have a life instead of watching someone else’s all day. Avoid commercialism by avoiding commercials.
Talk to your children about the dangers of commercialism. Do you have a hard time talking to your kids because they always argue with you? Do they laugh at your old school ways? You may not think your kids listen to you, but they do. Take a good hard look at any family you know. Aren’t the kids very much like the adults once they mature? Children look to their parents for guidance. That’s what you’re there for. Wastefulness is no joke. Kids today know about protecting the environment. Reinforce that at home by not buckling under the weight of commercialism.
Ban commercialism from your home. Set a good example for your kids by refusing to buy things you can live without. Take a good look at your possessions. Give items you no longer need or use to charity. If you buy something, make sure you really need it. Separate your needs from your wants. Teach kids to do the same, by your good example. For instance, do you really need more than one computer, or are you just avoiding conflict by giving each child their own? Learning to share and budget time is a valuable lesson your child may be missing due to commercialism.
Refuse to buy the latest and greatest gadgets for your kids. If they really want something, let them earn the money to buy it on their own. Don’t chip in or cave in either. Childhood is about learning to live in the adult world before you have to. You will not be there to bail them out every time they need or want something once they reach adulthood. Sure, you love your kids and want to see them happy. Do them a bigger favor by seeing they are happy for life, not just a brief moment in time. Reduce commercialism in their lives for a happier future.
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