Although our boys are relatively good about not constantly asking for stuff, I want them to know the difference between “needs” and “wants”. “Needs” are the things that we rely on to live (comfortably). “Wants” are not essential to our life, health, or hygiene; they are just things we would like to have.
No matter how much or how little we have, everyone wrestles with this issue (adults included). With all the poverty and suffering around the world, I want our children to have a realistic perspective on what we should feel entitled to (news flash: not much). And am I the only person whose blood boils when this commercial comes on TV???
Here’s what you’ll need: magazines and flyers, scissors, glue, and a large piece of white paper (I used our fingerpaint paper).
1. Make two columns with “Needs” on one side and “Wants” on the other.
2. Look through the magazines and mailers together with your child and talk about things we need and things we want.
Needs: Bread, Toothpaste & Toothbrush, Socks, Sunscreen, Vitamins, Cereal, Dish Soap, Coat, Milk, and Blueberries.
Wants: Bat Cave, Cookies, Soccer Foosball Table, Lightning McQueen Toy, Golden Key?, Pizza, Veggie Tales movie, Waterpik Flosser, Blocks.
Because a person “needs” to have Palmolive prominently present in their life. :)
Big Brother is really interested in his oral hygiene…he “wants” a Kids WaterPik Flosser! :)
I decided that I should give this a shot too…it would be good for my perspective as well!
My Needs: Healthy food (fruits, vegetables, nuts), exercise, “A Good Night Sleep”, and my home.
My Wants: Sonic Dr. Pepper, (all. the. time.), Awesome abs, and a white sofa. Because everyone knows that having a white sofa is an excellent idea with two rambunctious boys.
How do you teach your child the difference between wants and needs???