Inside Scoop: What Santa’s Bringing Your Neighbors

what are your neighbors spending

OK, let’s be honest. On Christmas morning, after everyone has torn asunder the wrapping paper and you’re sitting in the middle of a huge pile of consumer goods, two questions come to mind: How long is it going to take to pay off the Visa? And, How much do the neighbors spend? Today you get the inside scoop. I spoke to eleven people who were willing to be honest with me about what Santa is bringing this year and how much it’s all costing, as long as I promised to keep their identities anonymous (the names I’ve used aren’t the real names of my interview subjects). Read More

What Your Kids Can Teach You About Altruism

What Your Kids Can Teach You About Altruism

‘Tis better to give than to receive…. but does this apply to kids? Our impulse, especially during the holidays, is often to spoil them to the greatest extent possible. Retailers have us convinced that Christmas is all about kids and their enjoyment of consumer goods. Child development experts talk to us about cultivating an altruistic nature in our children and some suggest that children are inherently selfish, so it’s important for adults to teach kids about giving. But recent research finds that kids can teach us a lot about altruism. Read More