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Tips for parents: When kids want pricey concert tickets

Posted at | Updated as of 05/27/14 8:54 PM

 

MANILA -- Should parents allow their children to buy expensive tickets just for a night of screaming and fun?

An expert explained that parents should act according to the values that they want to impart to their children.

On Monday's episode of DZMM radio show "Todo-todo Walang Preno", relationship and family counselor Michelle Alignay said parents may have different approaches when it comes to this issue.

Alignay said she personally believes that parents should not let their children buy expensive concert tickets even if they saved up for it because it somehow "tweaks the value of money."

"Oo, pera mo 'yan, inipon mo yan. Pero saan ba galing ang pera mo?" she said.

She added that parents could also explain to their children that if they have the ability to save up for an expensive concert ticket, then they can also afford to buy other things that they like such as mobile phones, shoes or school supplies.

"Kaya mo pala mag-ipon from your baon, eh di hindi na kita bibilhan ng cellphone. Kaya mo pala, hindi na kita bibilhan ng bagong sapatos," Alignay said.

Alignay warned parents that if they do not explain to their children the value of money, there is always a risk that they will undergo the same process every time there is a concert, or a new fad.

"Hindi porke't may pera ka, gagastusin mo sa walang kapararakan. Mas maraming bagay na mas dapat pagkagastusan," she said, stressing the value of sacrifice and delayed gratification.

Despite this, Alignay respected the decision of some parents to buy expensive tickets, but reminded them that they should let their children do "an act of goodwill" in return.

"Pwede naman na sige, papayagan kita, pero kailangan mo magdonate para sa pambili ng gamit ng isang bata. Dapat may act of goodwill," she said.