Why too much stuff can make kids unhappy

Getting new things can make children feel better—but not for very long

By the time Choncé Maddox’s son was in first grade, she already felt like she was drowning in stuff—he had so many toys and games that she couldn’t keep track of them all. 

“Buying a ton of stuff will only lead to wanting more stuff,” says Maddox, a personal finance writer and blogger. “It won't improve your mood long-term or stop you from being bored on the weekends. I wanted to teach this to my son early so he wouldn't grow up thinking he could buy his way to happiness.”

That’s why Maddox started emphasizing doing more instead of buying more.

Read This Next

7 days of spring break
LOL: Why laughter might really be the best medicine for kids
Here’s how kids can volunteer, even from home