How to tell your kids you can’t — or won’t — afford everything they want

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Holiday “experiences” are everywhere now, and they’re costing families a fortune.
For those who can’t afford these experiences, you may be wondering how to explain that to your kids.
Start by showing them your grocery bill and explaining how much food costs, and take them to volunteer instead.

Earlier this year, 8-year-old Frances, was trying to persuade her mom to let her go to a summer camp popular amongst her classmates. When her mom, Jennifer Gee, said no, Frances burst out: “Why are we so poor?!”

The Toronto mom of two was shocked. Gee had grown up with a single mom and without a lot of money. How could Frances think they were poor? Gee and her partner own a home, they have food on the table, and they had even planned to take Frances and her brother to a drive-through Christmas lights experience for the holidays! 

The camp that caused this outburst costs $4,000 a week. Though Frances, whose name has been changed to protect her privacy, attends a French public school in Toronto, it’s in an affluent neighborhood, where Gee says half the kids have nannies. 

Gee and her family don’t live in this affluent neighborhood, but are zoned for that French public school. Gee is a school chaplain. Her partner lost his job during the pandemic, and hasn’t found the same kind of secure job to replace it. 

“We don’t have a nanny, but that doesn’t mean that we’re poor. There’s something in the middle,” Gee says. “[Frances] sees the disparity …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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