My wife grew up in South America while I lived in a rural suburb and went to school in Seattle, and we both have done a fair amount of domestic and international travel. In our eyes, it would be an immense disservice to our kids to shrink their world to only the things they see everyday and are comfortable with.
With the holidays upon us, we are bombarded with consumerism, commercialism, and a retail-driven sense of entitlement. That toy that you bought them last year is now obsolete, because the new one is now white or blinks! Children’s’ television is the biggest offender. They use words like COOL and AWESOME, which everyone wants to be and have.
How do we make sure that our kids do not fall prey to retail gimmicks and blurred holiday seasons? How do we ensure that they do not start Black Friday on that Wednesday, and that we all are not completely broke by Cyber Monday? How do we get our kids to see more than what is in front of them? How do you help your child grow with the proper perspective on life in our society of consumption? And what should that “proper perspective” even be?
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