I can’t keep it in anymore. We are raising a generation of wimps who think the world owes them everything.
Kids this Christmas aren’t asking for little bits of cheap plastic, or craft stuff. They’re asking for iPhones, Play Stations, Laptops and a whole host of other high end gadgets. Some of these kids are as young as 6. SIX!
I’m all for kids getting games, at the end of the day its recreation, and we all need some down time. But what happened to getting model train sets, or books or crayons? Things that use the imagination, things you can build on as things you will be working on for months or years?
In such a disposable society, I fear a lot of kids simply want expensive bits of tat. Girls no longer want a dolly, they want a state of the art animatronics, all singing all dancing dolly that even interacts with you. Boys no longer want Lego, they want Minecraft.
It’s seriously unnerving that children today are literally turning their backs on using their imagination, and are instead leaning more towards video games. If the dolly doesn’t cry like a real baby, they do want it. If the play set is too taxing to put together, it gets shunned, left to collect dust for eternity.
Family board games like Cluedo, Monopoly and The Game of Life are out of fashion, and in their place, kids hole up in the rooms with their PS4 to play Call of Duty.
Their mobiles are getting more and more expensive, and more and more advanced, and at times it feels like children can emotionally blackmail their parents for the biggest and best things money can buy without a single thought of where the money is going to come from.
The answer to this is simple. Credit cards, loans and pay day loans. This is not something that is good. People are getting into debt, and then when the bill comes, they end up having to rely on food banks.
Not all is lost however, because some children are still sweet and innocent, and ask for some of the most basic things, like a new pencil case and a colouring book, or for their parents to not fight anymore. The sweet purity that all children should have.
It also has to be said that the parents are as much to blame as the commercial giants, because they are the ones pandering to ridiculously high demands from their young children from a very early age.
A 6 year old does not require an iPhone or a Galaxy. A simple, cheap smart phone will do the job just fine and without having to get into debt.
A 14 year old does not need a £1500 a month limit on a credit card.
Depending on age and requirements, gifts should be thought of carefully. When I was 13, all those years ago, I got a laptop for Christmas, but this was also my birthday present, and it was to help me with my studies, not for me to play shoot ‘em ups morning noon and night.