I was doing some back reading of articles I bookmarked last week & in my cue was a New York Times article, For Firstborns, Secondhand Fits the Bill. I had bookmarked it to read because I am looking for articles to give my students when school starts back up. I’m trying to find some that deal with how changes in the economy can cause other social changes.
In this article the focus is a supposed increase in frugal choices when shopping for kids. I know the NY Times has a pretty skewed audience, trending toward a higher income & higher educational level. I get there are differences in cultural understandings about money & necessity based on socio-economic class. But PULEEZE if this is what money & education gets us then we are totally screwed on lessons of sensible economics. For example as the article points out that parents who have it “together” have realized this stunning fact:
I’m not sure anyone in my classes will be able to relate, no matter their age or if they have kids. I know I can’t. Because really a grand?
Is this really a newsflash? I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t think it was EVER necessary to buy a $1,000 changing table. Not unless your kid is going to create literal diamonds on it, which I’m pretty sure is impossible. Rainbows maybe, but diamonds nope. No diamonds then no grand is going to be dropped so I can wipe a tush.