Rule 7 of 9
Counteract the message that happiness can be bought.
As parents, we need to remember that we aren’t the only ones teaching our children about life. TV and the internet is a very effective teacher, and if it has your child’s ear, it has a direct line to her brain. Studies show that most adults say they’re not affected by TV ads, but in fact those ads influence them deeply. Imagine how much more true that is for children, who get the constant media message that the goal of life is more money and more things. Ultimately, what we model and what we tell our children will matter more, but we need to confront those destructive messages directly, and when possible keep them from reaching our kids.
Dr Laura Markham