“Put your blocks away.” Hang your pants in the closet.” “Make sure the video game is back in the case.” These are all common commands that parents spit out on a daily basis to kids as we look around and realize that our house is overrun with children’s stuff. The thought of adding more things to the growing pile of underplayed with toys or scratched video games or stained shirts can be disheartening. As parents, we know that the gifts we worked so hard to pick out are going to end up in the pile of things that becoming apart of our nightly barking orders.
This Christmas, instead of giving in to the guilt of spending hard earned money on gifts that may end up not living out their full potential, why not do things a little different. This year, pick out a few of the top items on your kids’ list to purchase, including something educational. During these tough economic times, there is an even greater value on every item. In turn, being wasteful is not an option, even during the season of giving. If there are other things that they want, let them work on earning them throughout the year. This year teach your kids a lesson in responsibility, keep some of your money in your wallet and your home a little cleaner.
Do you feel a certain level of responsibility or guilt to indulge your child’s desires at Christmas time or is it ok to save yourself money and hassle?