I have two young daughters, one is in first grade, the other is in kindergarten. I am constantly amazed at how materialistic their classmates are, even at this young age. I am constantly preaching to my kids that you don't have to spend money to have fun and that people are more important than things, but they still feel left out when their little friends get expensive gifts like Nintendo DS or Wii players, or even have their own cell phones. I guess I would envy that stuff, too, if I were a kid growing up today.
We spend a great deal of time together, playing games and going for walks, or biking on trails. We make things like homemade play doh or melting our broken crayons together to make new colors. I emphasize doing things together that don't cost much, if anything. I am hoping these kind of activities will show them you don't have to spend money to have fun.
Does anyone have any additional suggestions on how to prevent my kids from becoming materialistic? I lecture them about it so much, I know it falls on deaf ears sometimes.
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