how do you teach kids to not be obsessed with buying stuff? propaganda for kids it's just everywhere and they are more susceptible to it than most

@lunely One of my coworkers is a teenage boy that spends all his money on ludicrously expensive stuff. I talked to him about it, asked why (the answer being as a status thing that feels required via the social contract of high school).

I explained how, in two years, that won't matter. And how ultimately it already doesn't matter as it doesn't do anyone good.

I explained how much my bills are, described how many hours of work it takes to pay them off, etc.

He was talking about spending $1,000 on a necklace, and I said that if he donated that to any number of local places it would do a lot more good and mean much more to people than the clout he could get from a necklace.

I think kids don't have a good grasp of money- especially when they have lots to spend- so describing that and keeping priorities to ones of the social organism is very important.

@lunely i often explain to people how things are made, and what conditions those things are made under, as many younger people respond really strongly to descriptions of damage to the Earth and human rights abuses.

@lunely we didn't really have allowances as kids, just birthday money sometimes. So, we (my sister and I) learned to prioritize stuff when our parents explained how to do it. They also didn't buy us all sorts of stuff, just what we needed or a couple thinks we wanted.

Definitely not foolproof, but my point being that possibly it has to be by example and practice, and not just verbal/telling?

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