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Our journey into being frugal

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I find it odd that my eleven year old son could make me feel so bad for not "having" and extra 65.00 for an Xbox game that he wanted just becasue the sun was shining. I mean what gives him this sense of entitlement? And I thought, he is a direct reflection of the way I was. I have always been frugal, and was raised that way by a single mother. But with me becoming a nurse two years ago and holding tight to the idea that I can give them more than I could ever dream of, the kids have become more accosumed to getting better things, dinner out twice a week. And I dont mean fast food, better clothes... What am I doing I began to ask myself. I was turning my kids into those bratty little kids that I see screaming in the mall. Those snobby kids who look down on those that don't have what they are privledged to have. Wait! Hold on! Lets try this again! And one year after that my sons and I are on a new path that does include indulgences on occassion, but one that is mostly paved with the bricks of truth, giving, and gratefulness. I am now walking an honest path with him, and I am not ashamed to say "no" or "I don't have the money for that". It is so hard to stop in the moment and be greatful and thankful for your blessings, but I am grateful for that day we had when I almost had a meltdown in gamestop. That day showed me the person my son could have grown into.I'm grateful and proud of the choices and I make now and his ability to see peoples needs so clearly in a situation. This is our journey. One day at at a time.

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  1. Liss's Avatar
    I mean what gives him this sense of entitlement?
    OMG, I know exactly what you mean! Kids these days seem to have a sense of entitlement that our generation wouldn't have Dreamed of at that age.

    I think it has a lot to do with how things have changed over the years in the schools and also with parenting. When I was a kid, when you tried out for a sports team, if you sucked, you didn't get on the team. You had to practice, practice and try again.
    Nowadays, it doesn't matter if you have tried or have any talent, you are automatically Part of the team because it "builds self confidence".
    I don't think that's what we've done as a society, I think what we've done is make our children believe they are entitled to whatever they want, whenever they want it.

    It isn't just sports either. If you look at recent news articles companies and corporations are having to retrain their management to give constant "atta boys" and pats on the back to younger employees.

    Whatever happened to earning a "Job well Done"?

    This is an ongoing battle in my home. On one hand I want my kids to learn that they cant have anything in life without earning it, on the other hand, I want to spoil my kids because they're my kids.

    Sounds Crazy huh?

    Thanks for your post, I really enjoyed reading and could definitely relate!