We live in a materialistic world; However, you can prevent your children from becoming capricious and spoiled with a few simple tips.
I think there is no doubt that we would all do the impossible because our loved ones did not lack anything in terms of love, care, protection or economic stability; especially when it comes to those who have children. This feeling of complacency is heightened when we had deficiencies of some kind and we want to avoid, as far as possible, that the little ones suffer the same.
For example, I remember that when I was a child, my mother, my sister, and I had to travel long distances on public transport to get from home to school and back; it was really something very heavy, especially if it was raining, it was very hot or it was already dark. When I grew up, I promised myself that when it was time to have children, I would find a way for them not to go through the same thing, and I would try to have a car so that they would not get tired on the road. However, this experience also helped me understand that things are not easy to obtain, but that everything takes time and effort.
That is why it is important for children to know that not everything is free, and here are some ways to teach them this lesson that, in addition to teaching them to save and value work, will make them less capricious and they will understand what humility is.
1. Learn to say no
Children always want everything they see in their path bought for them: candy, toys, balloons, food; whatever catches their attention. However, you must remain firm and although on occasion you can reward them for their good behavior or excellent grades, it does not mean that you should comply with each and every one of their whims. This will help them to know that good things pay off and to choose their priorities.
2. Paid work
It is not about promoting child exploitation, far from it, but about letting them know, from a young age, that obtaining different tastes costs. So a good idea is to assign them simple tasks according to their age and reward them for their work. That is, they can help you wash the car, do housework, take out the trash or fulfill minor duties that you can reward with a treat, letting them choose an activity for the weekend, a gift or perhaps a coin. they can save to buy something on their own.
3. The importance of saving
It is important that they learn from a young age to have a culture of saving. If you usually give them allowance or money as a birthday present, teach them that they should not spend everything in two seconds, because if they see a toy that they like later, they will need to raise money little by little. If they learn to save as children, they will adopt this habit and in adulthood they will be able to manage their finances in a very prudent way; They will also be able to be more independent and will value their belongings, because they know the work it took them to obtain them.
4. The one who starts and shares …
Promote the concept of charity in your children. An example might be donating unused toys and clothing to needy children, or taking them out to provide groceries when tragedy strikes in your community. This will help them to know how to get rid of material things and to know that money is not the most important thing in life; They will also learn to share or help when someone needs it.