Parents: You can’t buy your kids ‘Love’

Parents: This weekend, do your best to not give in to the temptations of buying your kids love. Our society has moved from showing our appreciation and love through kind words and kind acts to now commercializing and making a dollar from everything that we do or have to show love. There’s always a holiday or reason to buy something to ‘show’ your love – is a cell phone really a gift of love or a device that leads to dependency and a false perception of control and safety? Does a $100 pair of sneakers, $90 pair of jeans or $300 gaming system really add love and value to your relationship? If so, I’d love to hear your stories of how your teen, after receipt of these gifts, invited YOU for a night out on the town or to dinner in their new digs or sit in the house and play video games WITH you. Spend quality alone time together getting to know each other. Talk about personal or meaningful things (casual conversation, not therapy or lecture). Cook together, clean together. Laugh and cry together and as often as possible share TIME more then gifts together.

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