On a fine Sunday evening, I was decluttering my kid’s toys, which he no longer plays with. I was shocked to see so much of stuff, and I filled my trash bin and donation box with them up to the brim. So, do we really need this much? Does buying materials bring happiness? Of course, giving does! We are living in a society where happiness is defined by the wealth we possess and the materials we accumulate. Whether we need it or not doesn’t matter here. Thoughts about materialism and minimalism provoked in my mind. Going minimalist requires a lot of research and effort. Materialism imparts lower life satisfaction developing a tendency to ask for more.
Raising a son-materialistic kid in the materialistic world is not so easy. Our kids have a lot of exposure through various means to different products. They are watching TV ads, which promote various expensive toys, chocolates, junk food, and so on. No wonder, that the kids get tempted and urge parents to buy those for them. Also, kids become aware of the symbolism of products and believe that they contribute to their identity, happiness, and social status. One of my friend’s son was upset over his mom, as she was not able to afford a play station, as his friend’s mom. He cried his lungs out and said that it is a matter of his pride in his friend’s circle.
- The only way to make kids understand that happiness is not about money and materials is to educate them and to lead by example.
- If the kid is old enough, tell him that all the advertisements that have been shown on TV, shops, discounts, and offers are mere marketing strategies to attract customers.
- Make them understand that we should buy a product only when we actually need it. There is no point in accumulating stuff just to show off!
- Let the kids realize how hard it is to make every penny. My lavishly spending teenage nephew was made to work with Crypto Code by his parents to take care of his extra expenses. To all our surprise, he became very conscious and responsible when it comes to spending.