10 Tips for Raising Non-Materialistic Children

At Camp Kupugani, our Midwest summer camp near both Chicago and Madison, we’re all about partnering with parents to give resources to help raise amazing world changers. Check out this article by Penny Pinchin’ Mom and our bulleted take on how to raise non-materialistic children. 

10 Great Tips

  • Spend time with your kids
    • Gifts can never replace your attention
  • Don’t go overboard with presents at celebrations
    • Make celebrations more about the memories
      • Do breakfast in bed
      • Dessert for breakfast
      • Fill their room with balloons
  • Lead by example
    • Children learn by action
  • Expose children to those in need
    • Take them to a place where they can volunteer
      • Visit nursing homes or soup kitchens
      • Ring the bell for the Salvation Army
  • Teach them about money
    • If they get an allowance or earn money…
      • Have them place some into a savings account
      • Have them give some of it to charity
  • Limit exposure to advertisers
    • Limiting exposure helps control the message of “want” over “need”
    • Can also help limit screen time (which we all know is needed)
  • Reward with experiences–not toys
    • Allow them to pick where you go on an outing
    • Take them to their favorite restaurant
  • Start young
    • Children thrive with positive adult attention
    • Read and play more than use technology
  • Encourage them to help others
    • Have your children pick items to give to a shelter
  • Keep the conversation going

Kupugani touches on all the core values and enrichment that we hope to instill in our [child]. My husband and I absolutely love Camp Kupugani. Our [child] gained immensely from camp.

Lisa G.

Everyone…was just so, so personable, kind, and the kind of person I want
my [child] looking up to and spending time with.

Laura V.

[My daughter’s] face lights up when she speaks about camp, it’s a priceless experience.

Kenya P.

I have never come in contact with such a wonderful group of people at a camp before. Everyone did an outstanding job, the camp was so organized, it was unbelievable.

Joe M.

She absolutely loves the camp, the staff, and all the friends she makes there. I consider Kupugani to be a big influence in helping her grow and expand her mind each summer.

Luci A.


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