As parents, we splurge on our kids. They have never been short of the latest toys, fads, gadgets and whatever they fancy. I was especially freehanded when I was working. I would not think twice of grabbing something expensive for them during my lunch hour. It was sort of like paying off my guilts for not being able to be with them.
Even if the toys went beyond RM100, I would reason with myself that it is only a day’s salary. So, toys and books kept piling up. Simon’s blog made me recalled some of those stuffs where I had to buy in two or even three units of the same toys so that the kids won’t fight over them. E.g. is the horribly annoying Furby.
Recently, when I had to clear up my other house, we found probably several thousands of Ringgit Malaysia worth of toys that my kids have outgrown. We kept only two big boxes of Lego blocks which hopefully, the toddler will enjoy later.
Since we became a single-income family, we are more frugal. Now, I view most things in terms of the number of meals we can have. E.g. If my kid wants to buy a RM400 model ship, I will probably mutter under my breath something like, “aiyoh, RM400? Can eat for a whole month liao, you know?”
So, my kids will get the message and have less urge to spend. It works in getting them to be more thrifty. We try to cut down on all those things (through what we learnt from our parenting experiences) that the kids will be bored with in no time.
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To the uninitiated parents, breakdance and doing handstand are the fads now.
Have you ever been in my shoes – paying off the guilts?