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Wants versus Needs

August 27th, 2006 at 09:01 pm

I was at a high end outlet mall today (didn't buy a thing, just looked while hubby played poker) and a realization hit me. There was a little girl maybe six years old shopping with her mom, she was dressed head to toe in name brand clothes, carried a fashionable purse and had a real cell phone. She was like six years old! Anyway, that got me to thinking about how I was raised. I could say I want something all day and mom or the grandparents would say 'you dont NEED that' but then we would go school shopping and they would say you NEED one pair of shoes, five peechees and a pack of pencils. Being raised this way, the difference between "needs" and "wants" was clearly delineated. Im wondering if many kids these days have a hard time telling the difference between needs and wants since they get most of the things kids couldnt even imagine having years ago.

4 Responses to “Wants versus Needs”

  1. veronak Says:

    I hear you , it is crazy now a days. My mom not that I can remeber bought me name brand clothes, but I was happy. It wasn't until I got older. but I have friends who buy their kids everything $500.00 necklace and bracelet sets, plus $50.00 a week for allowance the kid is 11. Need i say more

  2. boomeyers Says:

    I know sometimes I spoil my kids too much. Not so much the name brand thing, just stuff. I try to make them spend their own money on things and save for them, but sometimes (too many), I let them talk me into it. Especially eating out!

  3. princessperky Says:

    I always tell my kids
    "you don't need that you want it' even if they can get it anyway, It hink it is more important that they see it is a luxury than weather or not htey get it.

  4. T_I_N_A20 Says:

    Haha... I'm not so easy to give in to my sister. I am stingy, so if she wants something, she pays with her own money or if it's cheap and it's useful.

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