For a few weeks now, I have been telling Simone every time we go into a store, “that we don’t buy things every time we leave the house and go into a store”. I guess this is my way of curtailing consumerism as well as not cluttering our tiny apartment in Los Angeles. I normally let her hold the toy, look at it and if possible play with it at the store, but it stops there. We don’t buy it regardless of the price is it at.
Imagine my surprise when we were at a story time two days ago and I saw a small stuffed Dora doll. I gave it to Simone as she absolutely loves Dora (which preschooler doesn’t?). She held it for a few minutes and as we were walking to go to another floor, she turns to me and says, “Mummy put Dora back, we don’t buy things every time we leave the house”. I was taken back, pleasantly surprised, but extremely proud that I was able to reinforce the message from such an early stage.
How are you handling this with your child/children?