Why A Happy Childhood Doesn’t Cost A Penny

There is a common misconception these days that things equal happiness. That love is shown through buying and giving and the more you spend, the more you must love.

It can be easy to fall into a trap of conditioning our children to expect rewards and gifts at every opportunity, whilst also teaching them to rely on objects and material goods rather than their own imaginations to keep them engaged and entertained.

But not only is this a slippery slope into creating an unquenchable want and expectation for more within our children, it is also the polar opposite of what they actually need.

Strange as it may sound, in our abundant and privileged society, what our children really need is LESS.

Well, to be more precise, less of some things and more of others.

  • Less toys, more freedom.

  • Less media, more reading together.

  • Less punishments, more trust.

  • Less sedentary indoor time, more opportunities to roam in nature.

  • Less plastic, battery operated toys which inspire no creative or imaginative response, more open ended, natural and most importantly, free, natural resources to explore.

  • Less scheduled expensive activities, more time.

  • Less distractions, more connection.

Give them nature, give them love, give them time, give them freedom, and you will give them the richest childhood imaginable.

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