The discussion was in Greenwich Monday but very well could have been Westport and the subject was “affluenza,” the urge to spend excessive amounts of money on things you and your children don’t really need.
Greenwich Time reported about 60 parents gathered at Greenwich Town Hall to learn about “affluenza” and its potential cures at a lecture sponsored by Parents Together, an independent, non-profit organization offering programs for parents to help them enrich family life.
Workshop leader Kaye Moore, a clinical psychologist who raised her children in an affluent West Coast town, discussed what she referred to as the “sickening epidemic of overconsumption.”
The newspaper said two men, the rest women spoke about the pressures they feel living in and raising children in Greenwich.
Excerpt: ֓One woman said she spent money to fill an emotional void. Another said she considered shopping a sport. Still one more said she continually bought things for her children because that was easier than taking a stand about values.
And yet another said she couldn’t think of a good reason to say no to her children since she clearly had the money to spoil them.Ӕ