Buy your kid a freedom tree...
10/17/2005 10:40:00 PM | Author: baloghblog
A good idea.


...Since you can't buy most consumer electronics from a US source anymore, one option is to limit purchases. Buy a good VCR/DVD from an electronics store and keep it for a few years. Get a DVR or a DVD burner and stop buying those huge plastic VHS tapes. Repair your TV instead of replacing it.

With the holidays season coming up, the strong urge is to shop. The trend is even stronger when you have kids to shop for. Think about rental services like Netflix instead of buying game packages that will have a useful life of about a month. Then there's the more creative option.

If you have the money or interest, you could buy your child a solar or wind power system. You can call it a "freedom tree" if you have to explain it to your Republican friends. Get a small system to power their room. As a techie, I would have loved such a toy.

If your kid is not so inclined, you can look into the financial benefits. Take your energy savings, take some for paying off the freedom tree and make the rest an allowance. If the savings are really high, make it a college fund too. It is a lot sounder investment than PetroChina.
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On 5:53 AM , RomeHater said...

Oh sure. You quote me, but you don't list me on your must see blogs. :P

On 8:06 AM , baloghblog said...

I always like your commentary, and since your hiatus, you've come back with interesting posts. Don't worry I always keep an eye on the locals through bloglines!

You know me I am obsessed with only politics and sustainability. More posts on those and I'll add ya!

On 4:11 AM , UNplanner said...

This is always a point of contention between the missus and myself over toys for the kids. I think the kids are being just a bit corrupted by all of those Cheap Plastic Toys (which both of us actually refer to as CPT's) I would like to see less or none be given, but my wife does not always go along.

I just wonder what my kids (one and four) will think as they look back at their childhood in the future. Will they remember each year getting more simple and spartan as they grow. Will handmade gifts be the rule in a few years? Will they still remember trips to see family (currently residing on 3 continents)?

It's a bit weird to envision human progress run in reverse and deeply saddening when you really really think about it. This sense of loss begins early too, as children are acutely aware of scarcity and limitations. My eldest hates being told no more or all done when doing something she really enjoys. At times it almost causes physical pain. And its only natural. She learns (and hopefully realizes) that she can't have everything she wants or when she wants. Eventually she understands, but a little bit of loss enters her conciousness. The harder part for me is watching her experience this with the understanding that her losses will only increase over time, whereas mine were tempered by the prospect of better days ahead.

The only thing I can really be guarenteed to give her (and her sister) as long as I am around is a sense of love and belonging. No energy crisis or collapsing civilization will take that away from me.