If you spend your time comparing your life with those around you, you will never come out ahead. There is always someone richer, prettier, more successful. Teach her gratitude and...(more)6-16-2016 11:41am
We live in a "small" apt in a 4 floor walkup in NYC. My dd goes to school with affluent kids and have been to their very nice homes. She notices and has all kinds of...(more)6-16-2016 12:02pm
ideas about the kind of house she wants to live in. I've never lived in a house. I lived in 50+ dwellings: apts, trailers, shelters, motels, and even in a car. I've showed dd pictures and videos of poor kids around the world and talk about how lucky we are to live where we live, do all the cool stuff we get to do, have food, clothes, clean water, good schools, etc. I also remind her that she gets to spend a lot more time with dh and I than many kids get to spend with their parents. Sometimes I indulge her fantasies and share my own. I really don't feel bad about not being "rich," because I feel rich. She's a happy kid and even if she doesn't really get it right now, she will. It's all about your perspective and attitude, kids really pick up on that.