How do I get my kids to respect their belongings?
I have 3 boys (8,7,2). My husband and I have been struggling mainly with the older 2 when it comes to their belongings. We bought my 7 year old a new pair of shoes a couple days ago and they're already destroyed. I understand that they're kids and that they are boys and they play outside and things will get dirty. But we are not well off financially and struggled just to buy them each a new pair of shoes, even if they are cheap ones from walmart. They are constantly losing their gloves and I can't just keep buying new ones, but I can't let them go without. We also let them have an early Christmas gift last night, each of them getting a new lightsaber. We told them not to fight with them because they are just plastic and will break. Well, a couple hours later and they're both broken already. They don't have a ton of toys so it's not that they are overly spoiled. I just want them to appreciate the things they do have and take care of them. We have talked to them about other families not having things that we have and they seem to get it, but then they still don't take care of their stuff. Any advice?