We parents love our kids and would do anything for them right?But where do we draw the line?Does it mean that we should give in to their every want?
Today at dinner, two of my boys ages 8 and 9 were talking again about how they don't have the latest and greatest.One was declaring it was time for a new Ipod Nano(he currently has a DS and a shuffle) while the other just decided he was no longer interested in the DS he got for Christmas. Frustrated with these remarks, I told them that they were keeping what they have and are NOT getting anything new! Of course they were upset and both were in tears complaining that the others reasons weren't as important as their own.
Fortunately, we are not in the income bracket that allows for frivolous spending so we can use that in our argument.However, being the only kids on the block that "don't get a weekly allowance or get paid for doing their chores" only confirmed to them that we are neglecting their needs. Oh, Ok.
I love going back and pointing out all the things they "don't have" in their room. The nice home we live in, our loving Christ centered family, our church and so on.Then in a tactful way, of course, I reminded the little darlings about the kids who don't have shoes and socks or a table to sit at to eat. Or, those who don't have food! All the people who are out of work, losing their homes and living under bridges. For now, they seemed to get it. Well, my more religous child of the two and I started talking about ways to make money to give to the poor by holding a fundraiser. We could make cookies to sell...we sat and brainstormed. The more we talked the larger the tasks seemed to pull this off...He decided we should just have garage sale to make money for the poor. That way we could just sell stuff. Oh, and we could keep some of the money right? Ah well, small steps. His heart is truly in the right place. =)