Skip to comments.As An Eco-Conscious Parent, Hereís How Iím Doing Christmas For My Kids
Posted on 12/11/2019 8:23:26 PM PST by mkleesma
I consider myself a minimalist. Too much stuff gives me all kinds of stress, from ecological to financial. Im a big believer in experiential gifts and spending time (together), not wads of money.
But Im buying my kids presents this year.
They're tangible, need to be unwrapped and aren't just experiences or vouchers. And Im feeling good about it. Its not out of guilt or peer pressure, or any of those other powerful emotions. There is a method to my consumerism.
First of all, when I say Im buying my kids presents, I dont mean a pile of plastic, electronics or toys. I am not anti-toy in the past I have purchased Lego sets. Pored over the Maplelea Doll catalogue. Become well-versed in BeyBlades and My Little Pony. But this year, my kids seem to have enough of those items. They didnt even appear on wish lists. And so Ive changed my approach.
So for Christmas I decided to gift my kids items that they need and that appeal to their sense of adventure: excellent day packs, perfect for carrying essentials whether exploring a national park or a city.
I also researched to find ones made by truly ethical companies that employ fair trade practices and that help the workers, not risk their safety. I even found neat packs that are made from the remnants of other products. The rainbow pattern for each is individual and based on the preferences of the worker, not a blueprint. My kids and I will talk about the unique and creative process behind these bags, and how it is important to support ethical and sustainable manufacturers with our all-important buying power.
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Need the lawn darts and the Whamo sling shot!
Whatta steaming pile.
Now that they are adults, I buy sets of sheets, towels, perfume, cologne.
You misspelled cognac.
the WORST of those kinds of presents were always tube socks ...
You mean the sustainable, free trade, organic, zero carbon, natural dye, hand knit by indigenous peoples, hemp ones?
I hated those, too.
We all gather around the wrapping paper bonfire and sing Whoville songs.
Mom-Dad, I really need the chemistry set!
I take it none of them will be getting a Red Ryder BB gun.
Once, for Christmas, I offered to make a sound proof “tantrum” closet for her kids.
She didn’t think that was funny. I didn’t think I was joking.
The more a controlling socialist libtard you are, the more “I”’s you hear when they talk TO you.
Merry Virtue Signalling Christmas!
Why not? She’s saving the world.
I’m gonna cosign on my kid’s Tundra, and buy him a quick start kit. Merry Christmas, Killer, you have to buy the gas.
Help—My mommy is a commie kook!
I remember the year my dad gave all us kids guns for Christmas...
She’s doing it because she’s full of herself. You did it without fanfare or writing an article about it.
Bottom line: her kids are getting crappy gifts.
Doesn’t pink convey stereotypical gender identity?
Whatever you do, NEVER confuse them with facts. It interferes with their feelings.
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