Did you notice that the title of this article is "ways to help your child be less materialistic" instead of "ways to help your child not be materialistic"? Materialistic means "overly concerned or preoccupied with material possessions rather than with intellectual or spiritual things." In our American culture, it seems impossible to raise our children to not be materialistic. We're inundated with the word "more."
To be fair, materialism and wanting more is a part of all of our sin natures. Think back to Eve. The food from all the trees in the Garden of Eden wasn't enough. She wanted more. She wanted the one fruit that God forbade her to eat. Not only did she want more food, but Eve wanted more wisdom. Certainly, it sounded appealing to know good and evil. Even today we're mesmerized by the drama of evil, aren't we? Eve wanted to know more than God wanted her to know.
Our kids inherit a materialistic sin nature from birth, but our culture exasperates it. As parents, we can help our children be less materialistic through some simple practices.
Here are 10 simple things you can begin to do today to help your children become less materialistic.
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