Q My kids are both nagging me for the latest games and fashion gear – but I just can’t afford it because I’m a single parent on benefits. They’ll have to make do with what I can get for them, and I get some great bargains from charity shops and car boot sales. My friend said the other day that giving them cast-offs will affect them when they grow up. Do you think it will?
A I have a two-sided response to your question. On the one hand I know from personal experience how shaming it feels not having the same quality or quantity of stuff that childhood peers have. It’s tough being a child who is ridiculed and stands out as different from their peers. Children can be very harsh – because many of them haven’t been brought up to be better than that. [Read more…]