Designer Children: How Do We Get Back to Basics?

By: Debbie Mandel, MA

"I want a Louis Vuitton bag," "I need Seven jeans. I don't care if they cost $165.00. All the girls have them!" "Tomorrow is class picture day and I need to have my hair and makeup done - professionally." This upscale spending is because children's frame of reference has expanded to compare themselves to their affluent TV friends as well as Hollywood celebrities instead of just the neighbors. What children want has become a basic necessity. All over the United States middle class parents are surrendering to the unreasonable demands of their terrorist children. However, everyone knows that giving into terrorists rarely works; in fact, it just increases their appetite for more. Parents, don't be afraid to take back your power! Children are blatantly letting you know that they are experiencing self-doubts and fears. Nudge them past their negativities and insecurities to emerge from the cocoon into the light of their empowerment. Here are eight tips to invest in your children's good values and self-worth:

Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer at Brooklyn College. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WLIE 540 AM in Long Island and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To learn more visit:

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