The categories change, depending on your stage of life, but the snobbery remains. Baby stroller, preschool, sneakers, luxury handbag, watch, SUV, college — we’re willing to spend more than we can afford on the most prestigious names in an effort to impress ourselves and others.
Yet we know, deep down, that our identities aren’t defined by what we wear or what we drive or even where we go to school. Who do we love? How do we spend our time? How do we help others? We often don’t spend enough time helping our children — and ourselves — answer these questions.