Recently with the line of birthdays and back-to-school shopping in addition to the regular dosage of love my kids receive from family and close friends the three pack has received a lot of material possessions. So much so that have acquired an attitude of entitlement. It's gotten to a point where I am continually reminding them that we (adults) are not here to serve their needs. I keep reminding them of their blessings and opportunities and that they also have enough "stuff".
I think I'm not alone as a parent. Things are so cheap that a quick trip to Target can turn into a shopping spree where kids can leave with a few $3 items in hand if their parents are paying attention. My kids will be serving soup, making sandwiches, picking up trash, cleaning out invasive species, reading books and doing all the other fun volunteer and community service opportunities that exist. But right now they aren't at the age where they can go on these trips and really help. So how can I teach them about having a "giving spirit" without repeating the same regular and redundant script?
In an age where parents are beginning to say "no gifts" (which I am totally ok with following) there are other creative ways to bring a present without either showing up as the sole empty handed guest or breaking a parent's wishes. Here are a few:
- Pay for a trip to their favorite place (you can do it through Living Social or some similar platform)
- Gift Cards
- Write a Song or Choreograph a Dance
- Bring the Cake and Ice Cream
- Bring other food or balloons
- Make the party bags