Q: How can I handle my teenage girl’s constant requests for expensive things?
A: We certainly live in a commercial culture and teenagers are some of our population’s biggest consumers.  Teen spending in the US amounts to more than $200 billion dollars, with more than 25.6 million teen-age consumers.  But materialism isn’t necessarily about greed.  According to researchers, materialism among teens if often linked to self-esteem.  Studies have shown that teens who have strong social and emotional support, especially from parents, and who are happier are less materialistic.  Building and maintaining a good relationship and communication with your teen will go a long way not only to reducing materialism but to improving your overall interactions!

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Nancy Massotto is the Founder and Director of the Holistic Moms Network, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Nancy has a passion for living holistic and works to help parents connect, learn and support one another on their journeys through parenting and holistic living. Find more information about Nancy on her website or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.