“Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards.”
– Robert Orben
The culture that you create in your family does not necessarily have to be in line with the rest of popular culture. I think what this quote is lamenting is that wealth and possessions have become more revered and influential in the lives of our children than have their own mothers and fathers.
A lot of this comes down to what you show them is most important. What do you do to show your children that you love them? Do you spend more money or more time with them? If the answer is always to reach for the credit card, it may be that your priorities are out of whack. It’s certainly not a bad thing to give thoughtful presents to children. But this is no substitute for the time that your presence can give them.
The more meaningful time you spend with your children, the more likely they are to honor you, no matter what the rest of the world may say about the importance of fathers and mothers.