Curbing consumerism in kids

Parent Educator Rona Renner, RN, shares advice for parents on how to curb consumerism in kids and teach them not to be greedy
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Curbing consumerism in kids

Parents don't want to raise children who are greedy or have the gimmes all the time, and yet it's very hard to curb consumerism because we're in a world that's bombarding us all the time with media messages to buy more, have more, look like your neighbors, be better than others so it's up to use to bring our values to our children. How do we do that? Well, one thing is to go through your closet. Find the clothes you don't wear anymore, the shoes you don't need, and bring them to a local shelter. Maybe it's a homeless shelter. Have your kids help you. Go to their room. Ask them which books they've outgrown, bring it to your local pediatric office, and give them away to other children. Let your children see you be generous. Watch TV with your kids and really focus on the commercials and talk about how they're trying to get you to buy everything . Now, once in a while, you're going to get them those good shoes that they want, but say no. Remember it's okay to say no. Teach your children to have an allowance, to save up for what they want, and to be generous. It's one of the key ways you can be happy as a family.

Parent Educator Rona Renner, RN, shares advice for parents on how to curb consumerism in kids and teach them not to be greedy


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Rona Renner, RN

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Rona Renner has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years with a wide range of experience in health care. In the last 20 years she has focused her attention on pediatrics, parent education and advocacy, ADHD and learning differences. In 1992, she was trained by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a temperament counselor to help parents understand their child's behavior, and she co-wrote the temperament based parenting class manual. In 2002, she founded Childhood Matters, a non-profit organization producing radio shows in English and Spanish. "Nurse Rona" hosted a weekly call-in radio show for over nine years, and has appeared on many television shows, including CNN and 20/20. Rona is the author of Is That Me Yelling, a book aimed to help parents learn how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament, and their ownShe loves working with parents one-on-one, in groups, or in large workshops. Rona is happily married, has four adult children, and two grandsons.

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