Raising the next generation of consumers – A disservice to our children

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    LuvMySweets

    Greetings Everybody
    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 socially…. But when it comes to financial health and overall “consciousness” of consumerism, it’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 “No you don’t NEED that” “You don’t NEED that just because its on TV”… 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?

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    babydawn

    I think it is a major problem that we are facing in society today. I think to add to the consumerism problem, there is also a work ethic problem. I don’t have a problem telling my kids no, and I try to explain to them how the commercials are there just to get them to want to buy certain things. I like to give my kids opportunities to earn money and to earn the things they want. This way they can learn the value of money and realize that not everything comes for free.

    One way that I have found that works well for younger children (although it is quite a bit of work on mom’s part) is instituting a token economy. The child gets so many tokens for doing everyday things that they are supposed to do, such as brushing their teeth and making their bed. They may get two tokens if they do it without asking and only one if asked once and none if having to be asked repeatedly. Completing chores brings more tokens along with other things such as doing homework. Tokens are taken away for misbehavior or disobedience. There is also a list of things that the kids can “buy” with their tokens. This teaches them to save up for things they want and to realize that everything in life doesn’t come free. I like this program the most because of how customizable it is. Anyone can put in what they feel their individual child needs. I found it works great when I am an on-top-of-it mom, but unfortunately, I have a hard time maintaining it all of the time.

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    wowgold

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