1st Grader’s Perspective: Mall Purchase Criteria

Spoiling the kids.  That Big Black Hole that's so hard to free yourself from ... once you've been sucked into its bottomless vortex.  It is so hard to strike a balance, isn't it?  You get sick and tired of your child with their sense of entitlement, which you know that you have fostered, constantly asking for more.  Then discarding the new toy or piece of clothing within days - no longer meriting their interest. That's it.  You're done.  No more new stuff. The questionable object of my 6 year old's affection:  "Shake It Up" sneaker boots, from Payless. Days later (Weeks later?  Hours later??) you find yourself swinging the other direction.  You see something you know they would love.  It fun to give your child presents!  It's just something you want them to have and enjoy, purely because you are their parent and love seeing their eyes light up with excitement and (albeit fleeting) gratitude.  Is that so wrong?  Aaaand... and the cycle continues. I love … [Read more...]