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Teaching Kids to Value Things that Don't Cost Money.
Grappling with constant demands for something (anything!) new?
As an exercise for yourself as a parent, make a list of all the things in life you feel really fortunate to have - items can be tangible things that you own, or experiences you have had, or personal attributes that provide you with joy, or things like the environment. Highlight any that cost very little, or any that you've had for a long time and still serve you well. Take a moment to stop and be grateful for what you already have before splurging on that next new have to have.
Then, get the whole family involved in this exercise - make the lists individually and compare notes.
A regular question over dinner in many households is what did you do today that you really enjoyed? Younger children can participate in this exercise as an early lesson in appreciation of life.
For older children, making lists of things in life they and the family are grateful for can work really well. The trick is to regularly review and update the lists - maybe a weekly *family meeting agenda item?
Once you have a list the family can refer to, use it to remind each other that you don't have to be always spending money to have important things in life.
*No family meeting? Consider introducing one - it's a great place for the family to learn together about the family's history, values and codes of conduct.
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