A couple of people I know are buying their children those little TV’s with the built in VCR’s for Christmas this year. Now, I had a TV in my room when I was a kid (pre-Sega days), and I’m sure that someday I’ll get my own kids a little TV of their own.
But this got me thinking. I know some parents who’s kids could live happily in their bedrooms until the next millenium. They’ve got not just TV’s, but the latest video games, VCR’s, stereo equipment, and all that jazz. I even saw one lady on Oprah a few years ago who’s kids had their own refrigerator & microwave.
I like to buy my children things, I really do. I’m not one of those parents that’s going to say “Well, I didn’t have it, so you can’t have it either.” But I’m not going to go haywire and say “well, I didn’t have it, so here, you must have it.” I was a middle-class kid. My parents didn’t spoil me, but I sure didn’t hurt for much.
Please don’t misunderstand me here–I have nothing against parents who buy all the latest gear for their kids (I mean, some of that stuff really is cool). But how much do they need? Is there a point where it’s too much?
(end of my tired-of-the-commercialization-of-Christmas-inspired-rant)