Other than writing on my personal blog, I am also a contributor to Silicon Valley Mom’s Blog. It’s a lot of fun, and posting is not done an a personal level. You kind of pick a general subject and write about it.
Other than being a part of an amazing community of moms, we get invited to some great events. On Sunday night there was a Leap Frog party.
It took place at the Four Seasons and there were a few Representatives discussing the educational aspects of Leapfrog. They also wanted to see what we would like to see in their products, and what changes they can make.
Leapfrog truly is a brand you can feel good letting your children play! It teaches them numbers, colors, letters. Hey, I should get one that teaches spelling- since we all know, I cannot spell (thank GD for spell check).
Moving on, I met some other mom bloggers who were so nice and a few even said they read my blog! Hearing that people read my blog is so strange since I I consider this my “little blog that could”. I mean I know that I have a few loyal readers, who are more like my friends at this point- but since most readers don’t comment, I guess you never actually know who’s reading (so anonymous readers- comment!) !!!
The nice people at leapfrog gave away free swag to us bloggers. It was extremely generous of them. I came home with a few products and didn’t know which one to open first. Then I kind of stepped back and assessed my surroundings. The girls have AN INSANE AMOUNT OF TOYS. Seriously, they aren’t even 1 yet!! Do they really need all this stuff?
There are so many children out there that have nothing- meanwhile, my girls have an abundance of things. I don’t want them to grow up spoiled.
I truly don’t.
I was spoiled and I believe that because I was, I didn’t appreciate anything that I was given. I EXPECTED things. As I got older, I realized that things just aren’t “handed” to you. That was quite the rude awakening.
The sad thing is, is that I know I am more likely to say yes to my kids when they start to ask for things- especially when they will pull the “everyone else has it” card. We live in a consumer- minded world. I too have problems curbing my spending, (much to my husband’s chagrin since we are living off of one income- mine- and not making ends meet).
I think that I purchase what I want most of the time because my parents never said no to me. I don’t want that for my girls.
So let me ask you moms & Dads out there: Do you think your children have too much? If so, what can we do now to not have them grow up to be spoiled teens/ adults?