Most of us feel a push-pull tension at Christmas. We realize our kids have a lot, but we don’t want them to miss out. Many of us buy generously for them, even if it stretches us financially, because we want them to have every advantage.
But as we hinted in other posts this week, if we’re not careful, our kids can walk away from Christmas thinking they’re entitled to whatever we gave them, or even be disappointed if their gifts don’t measure up to expectations.
Tension - Parent
How do you manage this tension as a parent?
I’m sure you’ve got some great answers (please share), but here’s on thought that has helped me. Getting the right perspective can be a game changer.
Kids - Time - Kids - Cousins - Neighbours
The perspective our kids see most of the time is what all the other kids got, what their cousins got and what their neighbours got. If we’re being really honest as parents, we get tangled up in that game too. And it can easy to see ourselves as struggling to keep up, not really that rich, just getting by…working hard to make it all balance just like everyone else.
Then every once in a while, you get a game-changing perspective. I became aware of the Global Rich List site a few years ago, and it really impacted me – deeply. If you click through, you can see how rich you are compared to everyone else on planet earth. Go ahead. Try it.
I was shocked to learn that I’m rich. Very rich....
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