Whiny, Spoiled Kids May Become Whiny, Spoiled Adults
Imagine what your child will be like as an adult. Imagine if you allowed your child to think that the best way to get what they want is to either buy it or have someone buy it for them. What if they believe that yelling or whining is the best way to get people to do as they are told? Imagine if we never taught our children how to share or give to others. We set them up to have fewer positive relationships down the road. We set them up to be that impossible person in the office everyone finds highly annoying. And that, of course, is not our goal. So we do have to step back and think about all the stuff accumulating in our lives and whether it represents the values we are trying to teach.
Going Green Does Not Have to Equal Giving Away Your Green
One of the biggest messages in the conservation and eco-friendly communities is about teaching others to go green. Many think that going green means forking over scarce finances for a cause unrelated to our everyday survival. We have to change that mentality by showing our neighbors and friends our green lifestyle isn’t an expensive feat. When we see the latest greatest gadget, widget, whatnot and thingamajig destined to make our life easier and our families happier, think about it before buying it. One tip for those who just love shopping, virtual shopping is a great way to get the buzz. I boast sometimes 50 items saved for later in my Amazon.com shopping cart. Some things sit there for months, a few years, because deep down, I don’t really need it or want it that badly. And when it just sits there, the need for the item slowly dissipates. And eventually, most of the items saved for later are deleted and forgotten.
How Many Homes Does Ms. Niecy Have to Visit Before We Get the Message?
We can see from the reality shows that we are a culture growing a clutter problem. We see it, we want it and we inevitably buy it. We no longer remember that we already have one just like it or that it is going to mess with the budget if it is purchased. And the message of conservation and restraint get lost in the pile of receipts. We all have lessons to learn in the financial crisis hitting our nation in these times of recession, foreclosures and unemployment. And we all can teach our children how we cope under such stress. Get creative. We find new ways of entertaining ourselves. We give those dog-eared books another read. Make shopping outings special and unique, not an every weekend extravaganza of new stuff. In the process of removing the excess stuff cluttering our lives, our minds and our relationships with our families will improve as well. And from us, our children will be learning the lessons we want them to take into adulthood. We don’t need a ton of stuff to be happy. We just need a healthy, life-sustaining planet and each other.
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