Hi, everyone! This is my first post.
I have a 3 year old son. He is an only child and I've stayed at home with him since he was born. We are trying to limit his exposure to media and raise him as a very spiritual, and natural person . He does watch TV with us for about 1 hour in the mornings, only children's videos, no commercial tv at all, except for a few times a month when we are at his grandparents' house where tv is always on.
We have also tried to limit his toys to some simple classic ones, such as blocks, books (lots of them), animal figures, crayons and paper, etc. That doesn't mean he lacks toys, but I just keep the ones that fit in two shelves since I don't want him to grow up with excess (toys, money, etc.). So far it's been great; he's a very bright kid who loves to play pretend and prefers to play with a broom stick rather than his Little People Garage or Tonka Electronic Trucks (grandparents' gift...)
Recently he's been asking me to buy him things he sees at magazines or catalogs, and because it's Christmas time, he's being surrounded with toys everywhere we go. I don't know how to respond to his saying "mommy, I want you to buy me this some day...will you buy me this some day?" other than saying no, you don't need that, you have toys already, it's ok to want them but you can't get everything...etc. I never say "we can't afford it" but rather "we need our money for something else". But it seems to go on and on.
He always uses the word "buy" as in "some day I'll buy myself a fire truck with a huge ladder" or "you'll buy me a magician's costume". What's going on? I never take him to toy stores, just to the supermarket and we do go to the mall for his Gymboree class but never buy anything other than what's necessary.
Does anyone have suggestions on how to keep them safe from uncontrolled consumerism and media influence?