Being content can mean a lot of things to different people. To some, it’s simply being happy with the way life is. For others, it can be a manifestation of complacency.
It’s important to understand what true contentment means. Once we learn this definition, we can then teach it to our kids and better equip them for life.
How to Bless Your Kids By Teaching Them Contentment
If you have content kids, you are blessed, and so are they. Contentment is not being satisfied with mediocre, nor is it on par with the self-absorbed and smug attitude of complacency. Contentment is the realization that we’ve done our best. It’s shooting for excellence without the neurotic qualities that can accompany perfectionism.
Teach your kids the difference. You’ll find them to be less stressed, less self-absorbed, and more capable of having an attitude of gratitude. It also helps our kids realize that they don’t have to be all things to all people. They can be themselves. If you have a conversation about this with your kids, I think you’ll find it to be a relationship-builder that will last for a lifetime.
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