Stuff Kids Want: Clothes
Almost every child asks for frivolous clothing and/or footwear. An annual allotment of weak-DIMS-scoring-purchases tells your children you care about their happiness and personal preferences, but also about their long-term well-being, including their ability to distinguish between wants and needs. By the way, headphones are a hybrid item, part-fashion, part-electronics, and a very personal choice. Don’t even try to pick those out without a completed Gift Survey.
If your family is in the habit of completing Gift Surveys before making material (pardon the pun) purchases – you already know how to handle frivolous requests. You likely have an established family rule that everyone gets two or three purchases a year that cannot generate a DIMS (Does It Make Sense) Score of 8/10 or greater. If the child seeking the Justin Beiber lime-green hoodie hasn’t yet used her allotment of weak-scoring purchases, she might be able to go ahead and drop $100 on a sweatshirt you know darn well she will never wear in 6 months time. If she has already made her weak-scoring purchases for the year, she and Justin’s Tour Manager will just have to wait until next year’s fad comes to town.
Simple limits such as an annual allotment of weak-DIMS-scoring purchases are the kinds of things that tell your children, you care about their happiness and personal preferences, but also about their long-term well-being, including their ability to manage money. We think they find the balance warm Authoritative Parents , the kind that studies have shown raise happy productive kids, regularly employ.
Gifting Sense exists to help parents teach their kids to think before they buy. Our free safe service helps make sure that children understand the true value of their requests. As such, it is a perfect tool for families to use when considering clothing purchases that fall outside the realm of necessary and practical selections. When talk of over-the-top denim or slippers sold as snow boots enters the dinner conversation, instead of uttering “UGG” ask your kids to “Get Started” by completing a Gift Survey and see if you can’t get them what they want, while also teaching them the value of a dollar. At Gifting Sense, our True Religion is to help parents do both at once!