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This is a guest article by Allison Marlowe, founder of Allison Marlowe Ltd. She coaches, inspires and challenges women in business to achieve new levels of success.
Are we all in danger of becoming a nation of parents driven by the latest ‘must have’ materialistic trend?
As Christmas fast approaches, the high street shops have removed half of their stock in favour of the six foot cardboard Santa’s and the latest over priced gadgets and gizmos. Each and every one of us is greatly influenced by the media, it hits us from all angles.
Not least TV with their onslaught of jovial, yuletide messages, just adult enough to appeal to the child in all of us but youthful enough to have our children tugging at our sleeves every time we set foot inside a shop. Advertising particularly sets out to instil in us impossible expectations and dreams.
As adults we have the option whether to ‘buy’ into this image or not, but what effect does this have on our children? Whose need does the urge to spend satisfy?
If you are amongst the majority who are inclined to go over the top during the festive season, this year why not do something different and ask yourself what is your motive for buying the latest games, DVD’s and other paraphernalia?
Does over indulgence really make for a Happy Christmas or leave you with the stress and worry of how you are going to pay for it all in the New Year?
So how can you create a Christmas to remember without the necessity to spend, spend, spend?
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About eParenting: eParenting was started by Jacqui O'Brien in 2004. At the time her kids were 1 and 4 and kept her nice and busy. Now they are teenagers and still keeping her pretty busy!