Too Much Stuff Leads to Too Little Motivation. Too little Relationship
Prior to the 1950s most American children grew up without many of the things they wanted. Because of this, most imagined what it might be like to someday struggle above their meager circumstances and “arrive” at a more comfortable standard of living. Getting a good education was seen as the primary vehicle for attaining this dream. Over the last several decades, the amount of unneeded stuff possessed by many American children has dramatically squelched this dreaming process. There’s no need to dream or work toward things you already have.
In my book, From Bad Grades to a Great Life!, I share the most important things we can do to prevent Affluence Distraction Disorder:
And the most impactful suggestion we could make:
Spend less time looking at screens and more time looking at faces!
We are pleased to perpetuate an idea called Phone Down Friday – designating a day in which we are extra intentional about putting our devices away and committing to more face-to-face interaction.
When children have parents who give the greatest gifts… their love and their time… their focused attention, kids receive something much more valuable than lots of expensive stuff.