Synopses & Reviews
In the tradition of the classic Unplug the Christmas Machine, What Kids Really Want That Money Can't Buy offers a clear and simple path for parents to follow as they seek to protect their children from the onslaught of consumerism and combat the notion that "more is better." With parents today worried that they are raising the "I want" generation that is being "malled to death," What Kids Really Want That Money Can't Buy arrives at just the right moment. Backed by the Center for the New American Dream and presented in the soothing voice of an expert, Besty Taylor tells us there is hope and that there are a number of steps we can take to fight this problem. Her advice ranges from simple things one might do at home to more sophisticated approaches such as teaching media literacy and financial skills to your children. She enlists the voices and stories of parents and educators on the front line and promotes the philosophy of how to have "more fuh" with "less stuff," by returning to simple, meaningful rituals like dinner conversation and picnics. Our lives don't have to revolve around materialistic extravaganzas and Taylor shows us how the "homemade, " the "hand made, " and the "heart-made" must be valued. We must return to raising healthy children, not hyper-consumers and, What Kids Really Want That Money Can't Buy will offer a much-needed helping hand.
A leader in the anti-consumer movement offers a clear and simple path for parents to follow as they seek to protect their child from the notion that "more is better." "An invaluable guide for anyone who wants to protect kids from advertising while instilling a love for life's non-material joy."--Meryl Streep.
As executive director of the Center for a New American Dream, author Betsy Taylor's mission is to shift Americans away from rampart consumerism. Here, she offers parents a clear and simple path to follow to protect their children from the notion that more-is-better. I want to know that I am loved....My parents buy me many things. But what tells me they love me the most is when they listen to me. At a time when many parents worry that they are raising the I want generation, this book offers a helping hand-and a remarkable dose of the truth. Drawing on the touching, honest words of thousands of children who were asked What do you want that money can't buy? it helps parents peer into their kids' hearts, hear what really means the most to them, and learn to help them get it. Taylor shows us ways to reinstill a love of life's simple pleasures, teach the difference between friendships and popularity, build family rituals, appreciate nature, and find quiet time together. From protecting your children from a billion-dollar-a-year marketing onslaught to allowing them to develop their own spiritual lives, this much needed book is a dynamic, real-world guide to reshaping our busy lives and giving our children more joy with less stuff-and plenty of what truly matters most.