STOP KIDS BE­COM­ING TOO MA­TE­RI­AL­IS­TIC

Re­search has linked ma­te­ri­al­ism to a va­ri­ety of men­tal health prob­lems, in­clud­ing anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion. Emma ad­vises

Closer (UK) - - Health -

y first bike was a M sec­ond-hand one ad­ver­tised in the lo­cal post of­fice and I can still re­mem­ber the awe I felt at re­ceiv­ing it. My par­ents didn’t spend a for­tune on presents, but I rel­ished ev­ery gift. Christ­mas for the mod­ern par­ent has be­come loaded with stress. Chil­dren no longer just com­pare them­selves with their there are simple ways to com­bat that. A study of 900 ado­les­cents aged 11 to 17 found a link be­tween fos­ter­ing grat­i­tude and re­duc­ing ma­te­ri­al­ism, which means that feel­ing grate­ful and ex­press­ing that grat­i­tude may lower ma­te­ri­al­ism and in­crease gen­eros­ity among young­sters. The re­searchers rec­om­mend reg­u­larly eat­ing meals to­gether so you can prac­tise grat­i­tude as a fam­ily, and mak­ing a grat­i­tude jar, where you write daily state­ments about things you are grate­ful for – then, when it’s full, read them back. You can also ask your kids each night, as you tuck them in, what three pos­i­tive things hap­pened that day, or make a grat­i­tude col­lage, full of images that rep­re­sent things that make them happy, then dis­cuss them to­gether. Teach your chil­dren to recog­nise that they’re lucky, and ev­ery­one ben­e­fits; so­ci­ety, your bank bal­ance and their life­long hap­pi­ness. class­mates, but the rich kids of In­sta­gram. That iphone you saved up for is some­how now dis­ap­point­ing, com­pared to the five grand watch a Youtu­ber is post­ing about. This wor­ship­ping of ma­te­ri­al­ism is mak­ing kids more de­pressed and anx­ious than ever be­fore. For­tu­nately,

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