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Are your wants masquerading as needs?
Parenting Power Admin March 10, 2016 No Comments

Are your wants masquerading as needs?

The lines seem to be blurring.

What is the difference between a need and a want?

It doesn’t sound so complicated when you ask it like that: Needs are things we need and wants are things we want. Day-to-day language doesn’t always reflect this so clearly.


“I really need that coffee!”

“I’ve got to have that new pair of shoes!”

“Mom – I’m STARVING!”

These are three “Wants” masquerading as “needs”.

Yes, these are just words…and when we stop and think about it, we likely know that we don’t really need those shoes, or the coffee.

Do your kids know the difference?

As the economy shifts within our province, many families are starting to focus more on the differences between needs and wants. Regardless of how directly this is impacting your family, we encourage you to start talking about it with your kids.

Start taking an inventory within your home…play the Needs vs Wants game: Is this item a need or a want? It can be fascinating to see what your children define as a need.

As parents raising kids to build their foundations on what is truly important, it is important to be clear when modelling values. This is done through words and actions, on a daily basis.

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become your character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

From an ancient Indian text, the Upanishads

We encourage you to spend the week focusing on how you talk about needs and wants in your house. This will help you to discern how you want (and need) to be teaching your kids about needs and wants.

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