21 Sep '11, 10am

Parents Trapped in Cycle of Too Much Stuff and Too Little Time for Kids Says New Unicef Study

Parents Trapped in Cycle of Too Much Stuff and Too Little Time for Kids Says New Unicef Study

It’s very hard to raise green, consumer savvy kids in this increasingly commercial culture. Astoundingly, research shows that kids under 14 years of age spend about $40 billion annually, while teens spend about $159 billion a year on goods. But, it’s not just kids who are avid consumers. Parents pose a much bigger problem. According to a new study by Unicef, British parents have trapped themselves, and their children in a cycle of “compulsive consumerism.” The study shows that parents are more likely to shower their kids with toys and designer label gifts vs. spending quality time with them. We can’t come down too hard on our friends across the pond though, because parents in the U.S. have the same consumer issues.

Full article: http://www.inhabitots.com/parents-trapped-in-cycle-of-too...

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