Expose the kids to scarcity tooIt is quite evident that present generation kids of middle-class families grow up with many comforts and luxuries at their disposal, thanks to increase in standard of living. They do not get much opportunity to witness scarcity and constrained lifestyle which is something many of us experienced when we grew up from childhood. We were not fortunate to get expensive toys from our parents, some of us even had to stay in space-constrained houses, no personal vehicles and we had to walk or travel in crowded city buses, study under oil lamps sometimes and no gadgets. In this sense, present-day kids are blessed with everything and are leading more comfortable life and I see at times still they crib.
This availability of all facilities and resources to kids makes them take things for granted and they get a feeling that life is always green. I would not blame them as they have grown up amongst the comforts and did not get chance to witness hardships, scarcities and gloomy side of the life.
As parents, we need to make sure that we expose our kids to scarcity, hardships, compromises and see a dark side of human life also. Making kids walk, travel in a non AC city bus, denying few luxuries etc are some things which can make kids tougher from inside to tackle any uncomfortable situations in future. Once in a while taking kids to the orphanages and poor people localities will educate them as to how the poor people live under scarcity and will make them realize that they are fortunate not to be one amongst them. This is likely to make them value their possessions and develop a feeling of satisfaction.
So let us not unnecessarily pamper our kids and allow them to be exposed to both the sides of life.