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    Buying our children's love ?

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    papa_umau
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    Buying our children's love ?

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 09 Sep 2014, 11:59 am

    Unhappy British children trapped by consumerism: UNICEF

    British children are trapped in a cycle of compulsive consumption as parents shower them with gifts to make up for their long working hours, a UNICEF report concluded Wednesday.

    The study, commissioned after British children were ranked by the United Nations as the unhappiest in the industrialised world, blamed the results on a culture of "brand bullying" and a lack of family interaction.

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    Well folks, do you agree that we are now more willing to placate our kinds by buying them "stuff" than by being proper parents ?


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    Re: Buying our children's love ?

    Post by zathrus on Thu 11 Sep 2014, 4:29 pm

    I am not one bit surprised that this is the case when you consider that just about all families these days have both parents working.

    They don't do this because they are greedy for money, no, they do this to be able to earn enough money to keep their heads above water in these days of austerity.

    In fact it has been said recently that the cost of childcare so that both parents can work is now competing with the cost of a mortgage as far as money layout is concerned.
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    Re: Buying our children's love ?

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 12 Sep 2014, 1:24 pm

    Yes, you report that trend accurately Zath.

    The days of a family having one bread-winner and the other one staying at home to look after the kids is now gone and women can now expect - in some cases - that they will have the same rights as men have in today's society.

    And of course you are also right that in many modern families the parents have to put their kids into creches while they can then both earn enough money to have a decent life.

    The high cost of living in Britain is the main reason why this now happens and not until this cost of living is brought down to a reasonable level will we see one partner again being the child-carer and the other partner being the earner once again.


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    Re: Buying our children's love ?

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 13 Sep 2014, 12:36 pm

    Dealing with children every day, I regularly see examples of this.

    Mind you, I think this is not normally driven just by the need to earn more money, it is driven by the willingness to buy peace-of-mind because they can afford to do this.

    The parents that don't have the money and who are really trying hard to earn more by both of them working are the ones that do not have any extra money in the first place.

    To some parents it is just a way to be able to have more spending power, but to the others it is a case of "needs must".
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    Re: Buying our children's love ?

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 14 Sep 2014, 12:06 pm

    Dead right Angie.

    It is either greed or need and if it is done for greed then the parents are fully responsible for their kids going wrong if they are not there to care for them because they want more money to spend on more "stuff".

    The fact that childcare, outwith the home, is now so expensive means that the parents that both have to work just to subsist are trapped in this from of poverty while the rich ones do it by choice.


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