Q&A: Giving my children more but on a budget

Q: I’m a stay-at-home mum and my husband works hard to support our family, but we’re living on a shoestring budget. How can I give my children the chance to try different activities and programs when we don’t have much money? I don’t want them to miss out on life-enriching opportunities.

A: The happiest, most well-adjusted children aren’t those who are involved in a million different activities and who own every tech device on the market. Rather, the children who thrive best are those who have committed, caring parents who spend time with them on a regular basis, and emphasise the importance of character over comfort and consumerism. So if you’re feeling guilty because you can’t buy your children everything our culture says they need – don’t.         

There are dozens of ways you can provide stimulating activities for your children that don’t cost much money. A great place to start is your local library. Books and DVDs can introduce them to people and places they’ve never dreamed of before. If they’re old enough, they can get their personal library cards and select their own materials for check-out. 

You should also take advantage of public museums, science centres, and zoos in your area, most of which offer low-cost or free children’s programs. If you live in a rural location this may involve a special weekend trip once in a while, but it’s well worth the time and effort. 

Finally, don’t overlook the world of nature. Many neighbourhoods include playgrounds for children. There are also a number of parks for children to enjoy a family fun time together with their parents.

These are just a few suggestions; we’re sure you can come up with many more ideas on your own, or from other mums.

© 2018 Focus on the Family.  All rights reserved.  Used by permission.

Share

Share on facebook
Share on whatsapp
Share on email

MORE

MARRIAGE

The Inner Lives Of Wives

Buried inside even the most secure woman is a latent insecurity about whether her man really loves her. Discover three eye-opening assumptions a loving husband can consider to better understand his wife and make her happy.

Read More >

PARENTING

Your Child’s Love Language

Children express and receive love in different ways — some through acts of service; others through affirming words; still others through gifts, quality time or physical touch. Each of these expressions of love represents a different “language.” Discern the emotional needs of our children by understanding the five love languages.

Read More >

Loving Your Wayward Child

Loving a wayward child can be tough, especially when they keep disappointing us. This can be a time of stress, anxiety, and heartbreak. What should a parent do when a child goes astray?

Read More >

FAMILY Q&A