Saturday, November 29, 2008

Try Buying a Family Gift to Share

David Crary, AP National Writer, has recently written an article titled, Meltdown fallout: some parents rethink toy-buying. He describes how a group of parents involved in the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood are asking toy makers to target parents, not children, in their advertising. These parents are concerned that parents who are facing financial devastation in this economic crisis are unfairly being urged by their children to buy certain toys for the holidays because of ads seen by their children on television. These parents want the ads that target children to stop. I agree with these parents and have added my support to this campaign. You can add your support as well by going to http://www.commercialexploitation.org/.

Since my family is also going through hard economic times, we have faced issues with our children just as this article describes. We have had numerous requests for toys and "things" that we just cannot afford.

As an alternative, we have come up with a unique solution. We have decided to urge more sharing of the "stuff" we have. In addition, we will buy gifts that we can all share as a family. We have found this solution to be very appealing because we can urge more sharing within our family. Of course, our children will get a few personal items of their own, but we have had to cut back on buying gifts that we would typically buy.

With creativity and brainstorming, I am sure your holiday season will turn out well. Do not, I say do not, stretch yourself too thin financially by buying toys your children just do not need. By learning to share, and appreciating what you have, you will find that your children will be just as happy, or even happier in the long run. They will also learn to appreciate what they have a bit more.