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Many parents tend to procure all the whims of their children, giving away and providing everything they demand without limits. Acting in this incoherent way on the part of parents causes their children to have an unhealthy need to consume that leads to permanent dissatisfaction.
Acting in such a way can have negative consequences on the emotional development of children and on their education of values, diminishing the importance of effort or generosity.
For this reason, it is important that from a young age they are taught the true value of things, which is not the material cost, but the effort it takes to achieve it. Thus, children will appreciate everything that surrounds them and in the process they learn to be organized with their things, to respect the things of others, and above all, not to need so much.
All parents seek the happiness of their children above all things, but in the type of society in which we live there are factors such as:
- Lack of time to spend with children. Due to long working hours, it is common for parents to lack time to spend with their children. This makes you feel bad about not being able to share your time with them. Which means that the parents by way of compensation respond to the demands of the child without limits.
- Special importance to consumerism. In developed countries like ours, it is sometimes difficult to discern between what we really need, and what we compulsively buy influenced by advertisements that encourage us to live beyond our means. Children are a reflection of what they see and the adults they live with. Parents are role models and assimilate their behaviors. Thus, if the adults in the environment have everything that is advertised, the child wishes the same for him.
- Competitive education where the best is the one who has the most. Within society, consuming is one more activity, an important activity, almost a way of being and being in a community where the material, that is, “having” or “not having” is what indicates the status of the person. Due to these factors, it is difficult for adults not to make mistakes and deviate from the path towards the search for real happiness for their children based on affection, shared experiences, love and understanding.
To learn to value what you have, the best learning is to teach your children that you cannot get everything you want just by asking for it. You must have patience, deserve it and strive to achieve it. Some tips to get it:
- The treasure box. That the children have a box where they can keep their memories. That is, a space where he can collect things that mean something to him, such as: an entry from a site he visited, something he found on a family outing, etc.
- Every reward is for something. Avoid giving away for the sake of giving. That every gift has a positive meaning that goes beyond the material.
- Lead by example. Parents are role models in their children's education. Let them see that it is only bought out of real need and that belongings are taken care of. By observing they learn almost without realizing it.
- Manual gifts. Getting used to making crafts to give away is very enriching. The gift is endowed with an emotional meaning that makes it not remain in something material.
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