Linda Chavey writes about how to change your lifestyle habits in order to eliminate debt.
Don't use money as a tool to buy love.
Children need TIME and the quality of the time spent with them is important. If spending hours at the mall shopping with your children is considered quality time, remember that these habits are life-long, learning habits that will most likely follow your children through and influence their parenting role.
If you spend time doing something productive such as watching a documentary, playing a sport, going bowling (what a great, fun way to spend a few hours), baking cookies or pies, volunteering at a soup kitchen, taking a walk on an outdoor trail, riding bicycles, playing board games, or just get outside and enjoy life! These activities stimulate children and provide down time, which they so desperately need. The last thing youth need is to shop for material items. I am sure they have enough in their closet already. Don't allow material possessions to define who you are.
As Susie Orman says: People first, then money, then things.