NOTE: This is the 8th guest post from mom blogger, Emma Lawson for FertileBrains readers. Today, she is sharing some valuable tips on saving money and yet at the same time, ensuring that your children’s wishes are fulfilled (within reason). Children enjoy spending more (quality) time with their parents and being part of something creative rather than being smothered with new material things frequently (which loose their charm within seconds). Please give this article a read for how to achieve that balance and don’t forget to share your views in the comments section below.
Once you become a parent, there is nothing more important in your life than your children’s wellbeing and happiness. You seem to step back and focus on them more; after all, you brought them into this world and you are responsible for them until they grow up. Sometimes, you will be torn between the desire to fulfill your child’s wish and the simple fact that you don’t have enough money to do so. Luckily, there are ways you can do both: save money and give your children what they want.
Children can be picky eaters and no matter how much effort you put into preparing a nice meal, they will want to eat pizza or burgers. You can change all this by inviting them into the kitchen and involving them in cooking process. Buy groceries you need, and ask your kids to come up with a recipe based on what you have in the fridge or pantry. Cooking together with you will make them want to eat what they helped prepare, and they will also learn not to waste food. Not to mention the importance of spending time in the kitchen and learning to cook early on; you will not have to worry about them being hungry later on in life.
Simple Field Trips
Kids love spending time playing video games and having fun at theme parks, but not all parents can afford new consoles and video games, or frequent trips to theme parks. What you can do instead is make an agreement with some of your friends or acquaintances who also have kids and arrange play dates in a local park or trips to the countryside. This way, you children will be having fun in a safe and controlled environment, you will have some free time to spend with your friends, and you will be enjoying nature. In addition, you can take your children to long walks and give them a task to collect herbs, flowers, and insects which they can take home and try to find out more about them. This will spark their interest in nature and science, and encourage them to do research.
Recycle And Upcycle
As you grew up, you learned the fine art of combining clothes and pairing pieces to always get a fresh and elegant look. You can do that with your children’s clothes as well. There is no need to go out shopping for every special occasion there is; rather you can use the clothes they already have and add a little something. Many girls have at least one formal dress in their closet. Whether it is a flower girl dress or their first gown, by adding some glittery details, it can be transformed into a perfect princess/fairy costume. Boys should always have simple dark pants and white shirt, and you can add cute little bows and ties so they look elegant at weddings, birthdays, and nights out with you.
Whenever there is a new superhero/princess movie, children want to look like their favorite hero and heroine, so parents spend a small fortune buying costumes and accessories. Luckily, The Internet is a wonderful thing, full of people willing to help who put on great tutorials which can help you make your own costume for less money. What is more, you can involve your children in the process and they will love the idea of sewing their own Jedi robe and making their own lightsaber. Girls who love Frozen will love the idea of having their own Elsa or Anna T-shirts that can be worn to school as well.
Remember that materialism is dangerous and that it can easily corrupt innocent children’s hearts. If every wish they ever have is fulfilled, they would stop dreaming altogether. Help them find a balance between needs and wishes, and teach them to be creative and use their own imagination as well as their own two hands; they will appreciate it when they grow up.
About Post Author
Emma Lawson is a busy mom to two wonderful boys. She is passionate about writing and her boys are her inspiration. She loves to explore, learn and share about parenting techniques. She is a regular contributor to High Style Life Website: http://highstylife.com.
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