Thinking About Needs vs. Wants
As intentional, mindful parents, we want what’s best for our kids. We want to provide for their needs and enjoy an abundant life.
But have you taken the time to differentiate between wants and needs? And, when it comes to gifts, do you give them what they need, or want?
In Part 2 of 3 in my gift giving series, I invite you to take a deep look at what an Alternative Approach to Gifts could look like for your family. It may go against the cultural norm, but I hope that this message will embolden you in that we can say NO to the craziness of materialistic holidays and special events.
Here’s a quick framework on how we approach gifts in our home.
- We provide them their needs (1:07)
- Our kids save for their wants (1:58)
- We choose 1 gift for special events (2:44)
- We ask family to buy 1 gift or help save (3:15)
It’s so exciting to receive new gifts, both for the giver and the receiver. But too often, the very same item that induced anticipation and delight, very soon turns to clutter and remorse – why is it lying around the house, getting tripped over, broken or untouched within weeks if not days. If you’d like to read more on the FOUR TYPES OF GIFTS that can help intentional parents, like you and me, put our money where our values are – without giving up the joy of giving – CLICK HERE to read/watch my “Mindful Holiday Gift Guide” episode from 2016.
And you can also download this beautiful gift guide, you can use it to send to friends and family who want ideas for what to gift your children. I hope this holiday season brings you true, mindful joy and connection with those you love most.
What framework will you use in keeping your family traditions about presence, and not just presents?