Blake is my only child and earlier in the week he turned five, and to say he was spoilt rotten would be an understatement. As he is my only child he has my full attention and any spare money I have goes on him. That being said I'm fairly strict and while he is indulged in a lot of ways I will not tolerate bad behaviour. He must have good manners and be kind. I always make sure he understands how lucky he is, he is a grateful little boy and I will ensure he stays that way.
Sure he can be demanding at times, but I'm quick to remind him that he can't have everything he wants in life and he's beginning to understand that. My attention isn't limitless and neither is my purse. In fact, if you ask him if he wants to spend or save him money, most of the time he'd rather save it. For his birthday he gave me a rather long list and there was no way he was getting everything on the list. So I gave him a few days to think about what he really wanted. I've started as I mean to go on, he doesn't get this endless amount of stuff.
I think it's important to teach children the value of money right from the start. I know a lot of grown people who can't handle their family. They spend and have no savings, some even have debt. Personally I am not a person that can live like that, and I want my son to be the same.
A lot of people ask me if I'm going to have another child, and I'm honestly not sure if I want another child. There are many factors that come into this which I won't get into. As for Blake, he's very happy to be an only child as least for now.
Every parent knows how expensive children can be, and as a parent you also want to give them the best of everything. The more children you have the harder it is to do that, not only do you have less money, but also less time. But with one child does that mean they get too much of everything?
I think if you are a parent of one then you do have to be mindful of these things. Yes a child might be a little over indulged, but being spoilt doesn't mean that your child will grow up to be a spoilt brat- as long as you know where to draw the line.