Welcome back to Moms Talk at Shrewsbury Patch. Moms Talk invites you and your friends to be part of a community of support for Shrewsbury parents and their families. Each week, the Moms Council members take questions from the moms, dads, grandparents and the diverse family members who make up our community to provide thoughtful insights and share their own opinions to parenting challenges. Moms Talk is also the place to drop in for an informative discussion about the latest parenting hot topic.
Shrewsbury Patch and the Moms Council welcome everyone to weigh in on any of our weekly parenting topics. The more viewpoints we can provide for our readers, the stronger we become as a community here in Shrewsbury.
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As parents and guardians, we are the first teachers for our children as they learn how to color inside the lines, how to tie their shoes and how to drive a car.
In today’s world, there are countless opportunities for us to provide a lavish lifestyle for our children. The latest electronic gadget like the Xbox 360 or the DSi XL can entice children into becoming “early adopters” at very early ages. Extravagant birthday parties and bar/bat mitzvah celebrations can overshadow the purpose of the commemoration itself. Taking a limousine to the prom can prompt the justification of keeping our children safe in transit. Private dance lessons, sports camps and $200 baseball bats can lure us into thinking that our children “need” these things to succeed in a competitive world.
With all the marketing of toys and gadgets to our young children, how do we balance that with teaching our children about the needs of a community and the joys of giving back?
Does your family join the town-wide cleanup? Do you and your family volunteer at a soup kitchen? Do you help your elderly neighbor shovel the driveway or just stop by with cookies? Do you donate used toys and clothing to a local shelter?
In a world filled with indulgence and material objects, how do we teach our children about kindness and compassion for others? Are random acts of kindness too random today?