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How To Avoid the "I Want" Syndrome

Jul 4, 2008
Children are such precious little beings. They add that special something to our lives. But when they start to complain about wanting everything under the sun, we can't imagine what that "something" is. Here are some tips for parents who are dealing with, or want to avoid, this classic syndrome that can affect children.

Complaining is not cute behavior and parents must learn that it should not be tolerated or rewarded. Throwing a temper tantrum because they cant have a certain toy from a store should not be considered a cute phase that the child just happens to be passing through. Indulging the child to end the embarrassment of a public tantrum is not helpful either.

Keep in mind that a childs mind learns at a tremendously rapid pace. If a child finds that throwing an awful tantrum is the way to get what he or she wants, this behavior will make itself into a deeply entrenched bad habit that only becomes harder to break as time goes on.

Giving children a weekly allowance can help. Since children receive everything they have from their parents, the parents money appears to them to be theirs as well. While household payments and purchases are made by Mom and Dad, it doesnt mean that a childs every desire has to be fulfilled by them as well.

Children will experience having their own money for the first time when receiving an allowance. Teach them to save their money each week. They will be truly fascinated as they patiently watch their small stockpile of savings grow until they can buy that toy theyve been so desperately waiting for.

By nature, children imitate their parents. Impulsive purchasing and other bad financial habits are sure to be copied, so have family meetings to discuss finances and make the children a part of the familys budget.

Learning that money doesnt grow on trees is a vital lesson. When parents teach their children about how saving money will work out to their own benefit, the kids get a step ahead in life. Parents can explain how saving money helps the entire family. For example, the family must save to go on vacations.

Children will always want things; its part of who they are. But they can be taught to be less greedy and share with others if parents teach them well. When children are still young and their allowance is small, let them spend their money at the dollar store.

Youngsters are a prime target of television commercials advertising the newest and best toys. When kids ask for things, telling them well see or maybe will be interpreted by them as a yes. Teaching kids to save up for such purchases themselves or to make wish lists for Christmas and their birthday can help them view money more realistically.

Kids are a blank slate. They believe that they are entitled to whatever they see and want. You can change this behavior through the tips above.
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