Monday, December 15, 2008

In giving gifts to kids

Here are some tips to help parents fight against materialism:

1. Make them wait. Don't go out and immediately purchase an item your teen/child just HAS to have. Wait a few days to allow the excitement to cool down. This will allow you to see if this item is truly important to them.

2. Know what the priority is. ask your child to prioritize their wishlist list. With most familieson a budget, this will help you figure out where to spend your money that is allotted for other important events/ time.

3. Spend time rather than money on your kids. Instead of your teen spending time aloneon the computer or watching TV, why not take that time and spend it WITH them? The best giftyour teen could receive this Christmas would be time with you and the family.

4. Set the example. Yes, your family IS watching you and how you value the "things" of life. Parents can be just as materialistic as their teens. Keeping our priorities in check will help the whole family.You might know WHAT your teen wants for Christmas, but do you know WHY? These questions might give you some insight. Have your teen/kids make a list of the top 5 presents they want to receive this Christmas. Then ask: 1. What influenced you to rank your presents in this order (advertising, friends,preference, etc.)? 2. Do you think this present will be this important to you next year at this time? Why or why not? 3. Do these presents have any eternal significance to your life or to another's life? Do you think that should matter? Why or why not? 4. If we had the option to give our Christmas budget for presents to a needy family,would you agree to give: a. all of it? b. half of it? c. some of it? d. none of it?

1 comment:

SearchingWellness said...

YOu are soooo right on this one Anna.


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