Spoiling Our Kids

I really liked this video from The Mom's View.  I love the idea of no allowance and that chores around the house do not earn you money.  This is not the first time I've heard that.  I've heard this idea originally from Dave Ramsey.  I want to get the book that Dave and his daughter, Rachel, wrote about this very topic (Smart Money Smart Kids).  
The main thing is that we, as parents, need to teach are children what a dollar actually means and how to earn that said dollar.  Even though Michael is only 2, almost 3, we are trying to teach him to respect things and that giving is always better than receiving.

This past Christmas, he helped with picking out all the items for an Operation Christmas Child box for a little boy his age.  I plan to do this every year with him and any future children.  I think next year, I might start giving him and me a limit on how much we can spend on our boxes.  We have also told Michael that if he breaks something, like his blind in his bedroom, that the money used to buy a replacement will come from his savings account.

I know it's hard to not spoil your kids and give them everything that you had or didn't have growing up, but isn't that what grandparents are for?  Looking around at Michael's toys, I would say half or more were purchased by his grandparents.  If he gets toys from us, most of the time they were bought used.  Even his clothes are mostly from grandparents, hand me downs from his cousin, or purchased at end of season where it's extremely discounted.

I'm still a fairly new mom and am still trying to figure things out as I go.  Basically all I'm saying is, if we teach our children the value of a dollar, that hard work won't kill you, and that materialistic things mean nothing, maybe this world will be just one step closer to being a much better place. If you like what you just read please click to send a quick vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs- The best mommy blog directory featuring top mom bloggers