Children and Consumption

It is a fact that today, when consumption and shopping have become a passion, this issue also affects children. The consumption habits of the society they live in cause their children to form habits in this direction. Being a consumer is a process that children learn while living. The important point in this process is not that children are constantly and unnecessarily consuming individuals, but that they become conscious individuals who know what and how much they consume and the damage their consumption causes to the environment. It is important for children to socialize as environmentally conscious consumers.

Everyone’s consumption habits are different. For example, while cosmetics are an indispensable consumer item for one of us, it may not be at all for the other. For children, the needs are generally the same. Toys, chocolates, candy, clothes, game-related materials are the most demanded. Children are persistent in their requests. They have not yet learned to postpone their wishes like an adult. At this sensitive point, families have a lot of work to do. First of all, not every request of the child should be met immediately. If it is met, the child may become irritable when something he wants is not met at that moment. Any unfulfilled request can lead to feelings of anger and unhappiness in the child. When he reaches adulthood, he may have problems in relationships. The child who cannot learn to wait may also have difficulties in his academic life and social relations. It can be difficult for these children to study and wait their turn while playing. Apart from this, the sources of happiness for the child cannot be internalized and they must consume, buy and shop in order to be happy. And this carries over into adult behavior.

Mothers have a significant impact on the socialization process of children as consumers, knowingly or unknowingly, and they affect their children’s behavior with their behaviors and reactions to their children. It is learned to delay requests. Family support is absolutely necessary for children to learn and apply this. It is important for the family to be conscious consumers themselves so that they can support the child and give him conscious consumption habits.

Before you go shopping, it’s a good opportunity to take the first step by telling your child exactly what they can buy and sticking to your decision. If you don’t plan to get him something he wants, it’s important to tell him upfront why you can’t get it. Saying we don’t need money instead of we don’t have money allows you to establish the basic logic of conscious consumption in your child. If your child has an extra request, explaining that he needs to save money for it will be a good example for him to gain conscious consumption habits. Although every financial request that is met makes children happy for the moment, establishing healthy relationships with their families, not long-term ones, ensures happiness. Children, who feel that they are valuable and important in the family, adopt the habit of conscious consumption much more easily. You can teach your children about your experiences of using money, buying quality products and price-quality relations. In order for this teaching to be effective, it will be useful to discuss the results of the decisions made by the children (whether positive or negative) together with the reasons.

Conscious consumption is the consumption that the consumer makes by being aware of his rights and feeling a sense of responsibility towards the environment and society, away from extravagance and waste. Our children are candidates for being consumers as the adults of the future. In order to raise children who consume consciously, it is our responsibility, both as individuals and as a society, to instill conscious consumption in our children during the socialization process.

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