Purple & Gold Nikes-$140; BKE jeans-$125; Aeropostale Tee-$25; "pretty or custom" folders, notebooks, pencils that cost 2X as much as plain ones...whatever they are, are they worth the extra money? Do they make your child run faster, hit harder, jump higher? Do they make your child more polite, respectful, or caring? Do they make your child smarter, or make their handwriting more legible? I don't believe so. What I do believe is that it makes children think of their parents as less than parents and more as an ATM. In some cases, I believe that extravagant spending has replaced quality time.
What is it teaching our children about responsible spending? Even if you are a parent who can afford such spending wouldn't it be a better lesson for your child to earn at least half or settle for something more reasonably priced and donate the rest to a local charity?
There are places in this world where children go without shoes, food, clothing, water...what are we in America, teaching our children? That it's more important to be popular than to be giving? That its more important to look good than to behave? That its more important to have what's in, than to work hard and study.
Expensive shoes cannot replace hard work and perserverence. Expensive clothes cannot replace a kind word or a helping hand. Expensive school supplies cannot replace study time and instruction.
A dress doesn't make a pig, a princess. A hood ornament doesn't make a Hyundai, a Mercedes and racing stripes on a turtle don't make him a rabbit.