Sunday, December 09, 2012

It's different than when I was a kid

When I was a kid, when we got home from school, we played outside until we were called in for supper.  After supper, we played outside for a while until we had to go inside to get ready for bed.

We didn't have a lot of money.  Some kids had a cooler skipping rope than I did.  Some kids had a cooler bike than I did.  But basically no one had much more than anyone else.

Kids are so much more advanced these days than we were ... it's got to be tough to be a parent when buying them things.  I was happy to get a no-name brand Barbie, a game and a bag of candy at Christmas.

A fella I work with has two sons, aged seven and five.  For Christmas, he's ordered them each an Ipad Mini ($329 each).  The ten-year-old son of a fella I worked with last year got an Ipod Classic ($250) for Christmas a couple years ago.  Ten year old kids have better cell phones than I do.

What are you getting your kids for Christmas?


Rosemary Nickerson said...

I remember the tangerine and the dime in the toe of our stockings, one toy and a new pair of pj's. Things sure have changed!

Teena in Toronto said...

We got an orange, some candy and a hard boiled egg in our stockings.

Masshole Mommy said...

That is SO true about playing outisde when we were kids. I make my boys go outside whether they like it or not.

My kids are getting spoiled for Christmas, but it was mostly because I am afraid that this is my 8 year old's last year believeing in santa.

Julie said...

our kids are spoiled no doubt about it! Having said that - they do spend and AWFUL lot of time outside :) and they are not real television watchers, but they have a LOT of "stuff". WE are trying to do better this year and I'll let you know how it turns out!

Margaret Bourne said...

Kids are spoiled these days. Unfortunately, society is teaching them to want the next best thing. The pressure at school to have the "in" thing is high.

But it all depends on how you approach gift giving. For my four year old god-daughter I'm getting her one Barbie with a Fiat car, and some money for her parents to save or use to buy her clothes etc. That's it. One good toy. And yes, playing outside and having fun is a priceless gift.

Fizzgig said...

i was always happy with a game, and a barbie and maybe a babydoll....times sure have changed, and I'm glad I don't have to buy for kids, they cost more than adults these days!!

my "kids" are getting um, cat treats, and the dog is getting a chewie. This cost me $6. I can handle that!