Monday, November 30, 2015
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World
"But everyone else has it." "If you loved me, you'd get it for me!" When you hear these comments from your kids, it can be tough not to cave. You love your children--don't you want them to be happy and to fit in?Kristen Welch knows firsthand it's not that easy. In fact, she's found out that when you say yes too often, it's not only hard on your peace of mind and your wallet--it actually "puts your kids at long-term risk." In "Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World," Kristen shares the ups and downs in her own family's journey of discovering why it's healthiest "not" to give their kids everything. Teaching them the difference between "want" and "need" is the first step in the right direction. With many practical tips and anecdotes, she shares how to help kids become hardworking, fulfilled, and successful adults.It's never too late to raise grateful kids. Get ready to cultivate a spirit of genuine appreciation in your family and create a home in which your kids don't just say--but "mean"!--"thank you" for everything they have.
My thoughts: This time of year is especially bad when it comes to trying to raise grateful kids in a consumer, entitled world, since commercials, store displays, and even well meaning people push the thought that we should go over the top and spoil our kids with everything they could ever want. Wait, didn't we just finish celebrating a holiday centered around being thankful?
But, I digress.;) This book is an excellent resource for parents who want more for their kids. With her wit and like able writing style, Kristen does a fabulous job of drawing readers in and giving one resources and tips to raise grateful children. Reading through her book made me realize how blessed I am to have the parents I had, who had us learn the value of working hard and working together. I think this is a book that every parent should have on their shelf!
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.