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.
(Excerpt) Read more at cbc.ca ...
When I was five, I WAS Roy Rogers.
What a rambling spew of “I” statements and feelgoodism. She could have saved all of the trouble and just aborted the kids to save the environment and all of this trouble in these days of ecopocalypse.
The comments there are pretty good.
These joyless, judgmental Canadian socialists are evolved from, the strict, penny-pinching Scottish Presbyterians and Calvinists who first formed Canada.
I I I I I I I I I I I I’m
(doing Christmas for my kids ‘cause it’s all about)
19 I, my and me in just the excerpt.
Hopefully, the kids have been so indoctrinated that they’ll be happy with their dorky gifts, for their sakes. Normally I don’t like to see wackos indoctrinate their kids, but I just HATE seeing kids being disappointed Christmas morning.
Good grief. So they get these presents followed by an hour long eco-speech much like the article. They have taken all the mindless fun out of kidhood. Just dump a cloud of envirodespair over the whole holiday. Poor kids probably have to hear this crap all day long.
Our uncle bought us neat stuff, before he got married. My sister and I got Dale Evans vests and and cowgirl hats, and we’d wear them while we watched Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, while we sang “Happy Trails To You”, with them, at the end of the program.
I got the chemistry set, later 60s, had the good stuff Mercury, sulfur, yeah!
Got taken away that summer, and I got a spanking, too. I was a creative kid.
She should just bypass all that crap and get her kids prescriptions for Xanax and adderall...oh and a couple carbon free pencils
ha ha you too eh? I had a blast until I burned down half my sisters playhouse on a cool experiment...my chem set was trashed the next day as were my hope figuring rocket fuel for NASA.
As a freedom-conscious parent, here’s how I’m doing Christmas for my kids:
My gifts tend toward good, clean outdoor fun and often include good quality knives and firearms. Almost none of the gifts I have ever given include or need batteries. Few include plastic other than Glock, Magpul, and in the past Legos. In 2-4 years, each of my kids will be getting a gift from Randall Knives. As a bonus, they all get (and use) lots of ammo. Self-defense is not the only thing that matters in life, but ensuring that my kids have that ability is the second priority in my parenting, just behind reverence for and obedience to God.
When we go out and find our tree we always hold hands and sing Welcome Christmas right before I cut it down and we bring it home.
No virtue signaling here...
I remember the year I bought myself a Mach 1 for Christmas. I was in my first year of engineering grad school and was from a small coal mining town.
IT WAS A REALLY GREAT FANTASTIC CHRISTMAS!!!
My granddaughter will get plenty of presents but her parents, while not as much a skinflint as this woman, do forgo “things” to spend more time with her and do adventures. She is not yet 3 and can almost surf. They hike and pushbike ride with her, make sure she has interaction with relatives and friends. She will learn to ride a horse starting late next year and will play sports later on as well as learn a musical instrument or two. I cant think of anything better to give a kid than experiences and talents that will last them a lifetime!
Hear we have a typical progressive know everything know nothing mother that watches THE VIEW or spends 5 minutes watching CNN forms her opinion on the world according to watch she is fed and tortures her family with non sense and non fact based information
And what a pious prig she is!
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