How to answer the "Why don't we have ...?" questions
My three boys (8, 6 and 6) have plenty of toys, a Wii, TV, my old iPhone for apps, etc. But their closest cousins have MORE, and lately it has become a problem as they spend more time with them. Each of them has their own iPod, iPad and/or laptop, as well as a flat screen TV in their rooms. These cousins are slightly older, but not by much. I'm not going to say they're spoiled but ... well, you know.
Anyway, I cannot afford to indulge my kids in this way, and I'm not sure I would if I could. But I am at a loss on how to answer their questions when they ask things like, "How come our cousins have X? I want my own too." I don't want them to be jealous of their cousins, nor do I want them to feel insecure about our finances. And I don't want to disparage their cousins' parents and their spending habits.
I would love to get some advice on a tactful way to talk about this with my kids. Thanks!