Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Not the Jones'
Growing up I know times were hard for my parents. We did not have all the cool things others had and often heard the word "no" or "not now" to many a request. Looking back I do not remember ever being in want. We never lacked for that which was important, and not having what we wanted made us use our imagination more.
Now I have 2 small children and hear myself repeating those same "aweful" words to them. Yes times are hard and require great creativity to stretch budget. Yet like most we still want to give things to our kids, but I don't think that they NEED everything they think they want. I have also learned that although not much gets by them, there is a point at which I can use their innocence and simplicity to my advantage and make all happy at the same time.
Fo example, I ran into a parent from my sons class. She was shopping for her daughters birthday coming up and trying to find all the cool things needed to make a beautiful priness. She was frustrated that she could not find shoes and the perfect tiara. I reminded her that a 3 and 4 yr old will grow fast and not be able to use these things long and for 1 day need not have to spend large amounts of money on something that will soon be forgotten. With a little glitter and glue a pair of "old" shoes can be transformed into princess shoes. Ribbon and glitter on hair pices she has can become a great tiara. This parent's face lit up with joy at the thought of ease and not much from the pocket book.