Educating Children to Not Materialistic

Posted on February 12, 2012


Parents today have so much homework in caring for and raising her children. The most obvious and feels quite difficult for parents is to raise children without a personal grow into materialistic. Parents must be so strong effort to bombardment of advertising on television, magazines, and peer influence, which became a factor on the materialistic, it can be muted.
The study, conducted by Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, as quoted in No More Misbehavin ‘, written by Michele Borba, Ed.D, concluded that children are now more materialistic in a younger age. Therefore, the duty of parents to instill an understanding of the child that moral character, contribution to the environment, and quality of their relationship will be much more valuable than material that could be obtained.
In other words, parents need to reassure children that their identity is not based on what they have, but on who they are. Parents need to learn a number of ways how to raise children without making them into a materialistic individuals.

The following methods are recommended:

Limit television viewing:
This rule is often cited by experts. We recommend that children watch no more than two hours each day. In addition to a number of programs that are made, many still do not fit the child’s age, the ads that appear in the program are often the children’s attention and eventually make them want it. Another way to do this is to distract the child during a commercial break. If not, explain to children about the marketing techniques used in advertising. Or watch the event that there are no ads.

Pay attention to what is considered a child:
When you see kids like to use the skinny jeans, clothing with famous brands as seen in magazines, it’s time to explain to them that do not always go with the flow. At first the child may be upset, annoyed, and says you do not understand their feelings. However, to be reminded that, in the end the child will take in your explanation.

Say “no”:
Not the appropriate action to always provide what the child wants. Moreover, according to Michele, you do not always get what you want in life, right? Saying “no” or refuse to buy things the child wants is not wrong.

Prize without buying:
Occasionally there is also a good idea to train children not to buy gifts for family members. It will encourage children to be creative in making a gift without spending any money, such as making cards, poetry, or a poster illustrating their compassion for the prize.

Be a role model:
Before you rush to blame advertising on television and playmates of children, look at yourself again. Would you like to collect certain items that cost so much? Do you as parents prefer to buy a variety of clothing from leading designers or brands?
If the answer is yes, parents need to fix ourselves. Keep in mind, children imitate their parents. In other words, if parents want to have children who are not materialistic, should be an example. Useless to parents to teach children to not always buy luxury goods while the mother is still fun to buy shoes or bags with exorbitant prices.

Teach your priorities:
Use a shopping decision as an opportunity to teach financial planning, including how to control the unnecessary desires. When shopping for school purposes, for example, ask children to list the desired item and make a priority.

Train awareness to donate:
Should not force your child to want to donate their favorite objects. Parents can be a good example by donating items to charity themselves and explain why you do it. After that let the child know that they can donate their goods as well. They could be given to smaller cousins ​​or the children who can not afford. It will help children realize that the stuff just mere objects.
They also learn to let go of the fun of what belongs to others may feel, the same pleasure, as they experienced.

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