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Tis the Season of Rampant Consumerism

How do you check it?

The ads being thrown at our kids are relentless. I get creeped out when Asher repeats Wal-mart slogans to me word per word. We stress homemade gifts around here, and the kids spend holiday money from grandparents etc at the Dollar Store. I wanted to bake gifts this year but first I have to learn how to bake (the kids didn't seem to mind the blobs we made the other night that were supposed to be cookies but I'd like to give the in-laws something less .... blobby).

Question: how do you address the capitalist frenzy of the season?

Comments

Oi, Christmas commercialism.

I second Laura's allowance idea. Justice takes his Christmas toy decisions very seriously, just like Asher, with check marks and lists. it's his nature. So at you young age, and I mean like, 2 years old, we would had discussions about "if you want this, you can get it - OR you can get 3 of these because they're cheaper." It taught him critical thinking, and we didn't go broke.

Can I put Asher's behavior into a more positive light? The boy sounds positively methodical. He's carefully planning out what he wants, he's got a thing for complete sets (too bad if he likes Pokemon, I remember when there weren't even 100 of them, and now there's 400 something?). You can capitalize on this, Mom, and turn this into a lesson. Heh, well, you have no choice, because this tendency seems pretty strong in him.

Maybe he'll choose to collect fewer categories of things, so he can get the complete set? Or maybe he'll decide it's not that important in the end.

Hm. Don't know how it works for your homeschooled kids - the schoolyard is rife with Pokemon hysteria. There's no escaping them. (Picures executive throwing pokeballs at kids and saying "gotta catch 'em all!")
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