So you don’t praise your kids for every little thing they’re required to do?
That is a good thing!
Gold Star Mentality
In an honest attempt to encourage our kids, many of us have come to a place where we feel like we need to praise Junior every time he does something we’ve told him to do. That means even the simplest tasks.
But doing so can diminish the encouragement he receives when he genuinely accomplishes something beyond the call. In Luke 17:9, Jesus makes a similar point when he urged his disciples not to expect accolades for simply doing what’s expected.
Our attitudes should be, “we are unworthy servants. We’ve only done our duty.” Building this humble attitude into our kids breeds a sense of responsibility and helps squelch the sense of entitlement that seems to be permeating our society today.
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