Our society is one that lends itself to over indulgence. We see this everywhere: in stores with buy one - get one free, restaurants where we can eat until we are full but still have an entire plate of food, not to mention the thousands of options that children have when it comes to games and toys. While we are fortunate to live in a time with so many choices, this can often be overwhelming and stressful for children.
At The UCLA Family Commons we are continually looking for ways to help our families optimize the lives and general well being. Many parents are pulled into a trap where they are pressured to “keep up with the Jones’” by making everything our society has available to their children. However, this consumer driven lifestyle is what is often at the root of many families stress and even unhappiness.
On May 2 we will host one of our most anticipated Expert Talks with Dr. Peter Whybrow, Director of The UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and author of Los Angeles Times best seller, America Mania: When More Is Not Enough. This thought provoking talk addresses: Need Vs. Desire - Pitfalls of a Consumer Society.
This topic speaks directly to the issue of over indulgence—something that parents need to be aware of and address within their families. We recommend you take the time to find the right balance between need-to-haves and want-to-haves. Maintain healthy communication and be confident in setting limits for your children.