By Trace Embry
Today’s culture in general, and teens in particular, tend to value style over substance.
This is one reason why your kid may not be satisfied with generic, but quality made – brand named clothes. So, is there anything wrong with a teen wanting to be “in-style?”
Examples of Style Over Substance
Many of us may know of a similar example as the following:
I knew a man that invested a lot of money in his car’s “rims” and sound system; yet, the car itself would barely run!
Consider how many families pay more for clothing just to have a particular brand. In some cases, it’s likely a parent could buy two or three quality shirts for the price of one brand name shirt.
So a question to ask is: How far will style, alone, take our kids? Well, like the man’s car in the example, not very far.
The Balance Between Style and Substance
While there may not be anything inherently wrong with ornaments, our kids first need to learn to cultivate a tree to hang them on.
In short, it’s more important to teach your kid the value of a substantive life.
By teaching your teen to be a good steward of his God-given resources, you will be equipping them for the future.
Last year we had a great interview with Chuck Bentley concerning the importance of teaching your kids about finances.
In addition to his interview, you can learn more about cultivating substance through these articles:
What are some challenges you currently face when teaching your teen the importance of style over substance?