March Fast Facts on Families: The Pressure to Give Our Kids Everything

Posted by Joanne Tabares on

I read an article recently that said that there is entirely too much pressure on parents these days to "get it right."  From registering their unborn children for the "right preschool" in order for them to make it into the best university to giving them everything they want, parents are working harder than ever before to give their kids the best of everything.

Here are a few of the things I see as trends in parenting these days that seem to put a lot of pressure on parents:

1. Registering unborn children for the "right preschool"

2. Spending hundreds of dollars on birthdays--even for babies.

3. Spending thousands of dollars on technology--even for toddlers.

4. Spending hundreds and lots of time packing in as many extracurricular activities as possible. 

5. Spending tons of money on college prep.

6. Buying children a car for college.

Even if you haven't done some of the most expensive things on this list, you likely feel badly because you can't.  Is there too much pressure on parents to provide the best of everything for their kids?  Is it causing fatigue among parents and fathers work harder and harder to earn the money to make these possible and moms are too tired from running the children to all their activities to make a nutritious meal? 

Something to think about...What do you think? 



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