How to recognize and educate the materialistic child
Since the children are born they are demanding: they ask for food, they ask for attention, they change their diapers ... And as they grow up, the demand for their real needs increases. other requests. The behavior of wanting to acquire things can become an obsession and occurs in most children since
Since the children are born they are demanding: they ask for food, they ask for attention, they change their diapers ... And as they grow up, the demand for their real needs increases. other requests.
The behavior of wanting to acquire things can become an obsession and occurs in most children since they reach 2 years. But what are the causes? Why does he become such a materialistic child?
Why children can become so materialistic
Being materialistic is an attitude that implies believing that consumption and possessions are the primary objective of life, bring happiness and grant a status of social acceptance. Why is this happening to them ?:
- To be compared with others. One of the reasons why this happens in children is because they start to socialize and meet their peers. They compare with each other.
- For the publicity. Another is that they are more vulnerable to advertising. In fact, there are studies that conclude that advertising seems to teach children that possessions are a way to increase happiness and success, where more dissatisfied or less happy children are more vulnerable to its effects.
- They seek social acceptance. The feeling of vulnerability, low self-esteem or lack of attention are factors that make children more prone to materialism. For these children to reach the objects that others have or see in advertising means social acceptance, it gives them an identity and they get that happiness that they do not find in other ways. Consejos 6 tips to avoid that our son is materialistic
We must bear in mind that
the environment in which the child lives influences and determines his behavior . Therefore, we can affirm that if the parents are materialistic, materialistic children will be raised. Let's not forget that parents act as models and examples. But childrencan become materialistic even though their parents are not because of the predominant social values that influence them and exert great social pressure from an early age. We give you some tips to try to avoid this situation:
1. That parents limit the use of TV
, rather than prohibit it. Select contents that provide knowledge or are entertaining, but avoiding that they are 'stuck' to it at all times.2. Sit down as a family to watch TV.
Talk about what you see. Teach them to be more critical of what they see. That they are smart consumers 3. The practice of sports.
For children to socialize in cooperation and healthy competition environments. Que 4. That there be quality family time . Plan different activities to participate with them in their favorite hobbies, avoiding the situation of being together without more.
5. Explain the difference between wanting and needing. No 6. Do not bribe him to be good.If you say 'if you behave, I'll buy you an ice cream', we'll only get used to the gifts and become materialistic.
Education based on rewards and rewards creates materialistic children
In today's society, the use of rewards and punishments in the education of children está is deeply rooted. This way of educating comes from behavioral theory whose techniques are effective when used under specific conditions. Where through these rewards and punishments the adult is manipulating the behavior of the child and where the value is put on the result. On the other hand, by exercising this type of rewards we will make the child focus on extrinsic motivation que, which is that which originates outside the individual guiding the child to be materialistic and focusing more on the result or on what he earns than on the process.
In conclusion, we can affirm that with this type of education of rewards and punishments parents and children are trapped in the belief that it is by way of consumption that satisfaction is reached.