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Earlier today, put a Twitter/Facebook status out:
"Life is not about what we own, but we live like it is. Possessions should enrich our life, not makes us slaves. Does your stuff own you?"
Terri responded with this question:
"How do we help our kids understand this concept? I'm helping Jessika clean her room and am embarrassed by all the junk!!!"
You show them in tangible ways, depending on their age, how "stuff" can OWN a person:
- Have them track the time it takes to clean, organize and maintain their stuff.
- Tell them you are going to occassionally "steal" some of their stuff, and ask them how they feel being concerned about that, and how they feel after it happens.
- Have them pay for a lot of their own stuff, so they can see the "life" you have to give to purchase "stuff"
- Have them inventory their stuff a couple of times and record what they have and how many (tell them that when you are an adult, "keeping track" of your "stuff" is part of life)
- Set up a parent funded "insurance policy" where they pay you to insure certain items against loss or breakage
Then, if you are REALLY adventurous, remove 90% of their stuff for a couple of weeks, and have them do all of the above again. Talk with them about how much less stress, worry, effort, energy, time and money it takes to deal with a small amount of necessary "stuff" versus a truckload of "stuff" they don't even need.