Please tell me some of you have felt bad when your children wanted to do or get things that are out of your budget! I'm having a horrible day because normally the week of my birthday we take our children on vacation. That isn't an option this year and I feel horrible because my children are upset. What do you do to both reassure the children and help the feeling of thinking I'm failing my children?
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We love the state parks, but since there are 3 in a 20 minute radius we go very often just because of how cheap and fun it is. I am taking them to one tomorrow though and taking a picnic, hopefully that will ease some of their disappointment. Thanks!
Possessions haven't been much of a big deal, but they wait all year for this trip. In this year I have definitely started teaching the oldest to about savings. Important lesson. Thank you.
Well, I work my butt off, am over educated, own a house but have no cable or cell phone and shop around for deals, but I seriously have never had a family vacation with my wife and kids. It builds character for them to see that sometimes, it happens.
Thanks. I've excused myself twice today to go cry in the bathroom because I SO hate not being able to give them something they look so forward to. Bowling sounds fun.
I understand the crying.....and if it helps relieve your stress & frustration, it's OK to cry. Soon smiles will replace the tears. "This TOO, shall pass." Honest.
Thank you. I guess we've just had a rough year and I feel not being able to take them is adding "insult to injury". It's hard to make them understand what other parts of the world go through.
Carefully choose some foreign films. That helped my kids get exposed to other cultures. There was one in particular that was helpful. A Korean film called, "The Way Home." I highly recommend it. But there are lots of others. My kids loved them.
Thank you. I hope this is true.
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