Materialistic Kids

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Adam's Apple, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. Adam's Apple
    Offline

    Adam's Apple Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2004
    Messages:
    4,092
    Thanks Received:
    445
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +447
    Here's an article most parents can identify with.

    Material Kids
    By Tom Purcell, The Cagle Post
    3/3/2008

    Look at the average suburban kid. He or she is outfitted with more technical gadgets and trendy, fashionable clothing than a model in Abercrombie & Fitch. Many of these kids appear to get whatever it is they demand their guilt-riddled parents buy for them.

    Peer pressure puts kids in a competitive race to own the latest, the coolest and the most expensive junk with the hopes of impressing the other kids and fitting in. The survey finds that the kids most influenced by commercial pressures suffer more mental-health issues.

    for full article:
    http://www.caglepost.com/column/.Tom+Purcell/5617/Material+Kids.html
     
  2. midcan5
    Offline

    midcan5 liberal / progressive

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2007
    Messages:
    10,783
    Thanks Received:
    2,365
    Trophy Points:
    245
    Location:
    Philly, PA
    Ratings:
    +3,295
    Damn, I can so relate to that piece, my first bike was my first love. I had a speedometer too, mounted to look like a Tachometer. We were poor so that bike was everything. I used to take every piece of it apart to clean and oil. Later, for over 20 years I averaged 5 to 7k miles yearly commuting and weekend riding. I still have three bikes. But our children had probably everything I never had and I wouldn't call them spoiled or materialistic at all. There's more to it than just having a better life.
     
  3. Shattered
    Online

    Shattered Guest

    Ratings:
    +0
    That's what they make paper routes for.. You want it, you earn the money for it...
     
  4. BrianH
    Offline

    BrianH Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2008
    Messages:
    3,520
    Thanks Received:
    238
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Texas
    Ratings:
    +238
    That's the problem with alot of kids (not all) these days. They get whatever they want and whenever they want, and when they don't, they freak out and don't know how to handle it.

    I see kids in school that don't do work because there's no reward attatched.
    The expect something in return for everything they do.

    While a good business quality, you've got to have an education.

    I wonder what the exact statistics are of materialistic kids? It would be interesting to see how many families qualify for this type of thing? Anyone have any sources for this? Let me know if you do.
     
  5. midcan5
    Offline

    midcan5 liberal / progressive

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2007
    Messages:
    10,783
    Thanks Received:
    2,365
    Trophy Points:
    245
    Location:
    Philly, PA
    Ratings:
    +3,295
    Not sure where you live but that's no longer an option in most places. Adults deliver papers in cars, because of need and because the area is no longer supportive of a single person walking or bike riding. But there are jobs in fast food and shore areas with better pay than we had, so that is still a good thing.

    The kids I see are probably no different than most kids ever were except many on the lower rungs think education is waste. Both Upper and lower class work and they know it all cause they know it all. Actually the upper class kids do slightly better because of connections, appearance and often the ability to get there from here. The problem for some at the bottom is making the next step up the food chain. But I still think parents or parent are the key item when it comes to values etc.

    http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/index.asp
     
  6. Paulie
    Offline

    Paulie Platinum Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    31,527
    Thanks Received:
    4,850
    Trophy Points:
    1,130
    Ratings:
    +15,361
    I would assume she didn't literally mean an actual paper route. The point of her post was if you want something, and you're old enough to perform some kind of work for money, then you earn what you want ON YOUR OWN.
     
  7. Shattered
    Online

    Shattered Guest

    Ratings:
    +0
    That's precisely what I meant.
     

Share This Page