In today’s “I want it now” world, how do you teach your kids to be grateful?
Here’s a thought on gratitude.
How does your child react when you refuse to make a purchase for him? Is there a tantrum, guilt trip, or nagging involved? These are all signs of an ungrateful heart. But people, including our kids, are never more physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy than when they are grateful.
Gratefulness can be cultivated in a number of ways. First, don’t always get them what they want when they want it. Second, allow them to have some skin in the game. Teach them the value of delayed gratification and working for what they get. Requiring our kids to work for and save money for the little extras in life, will not only make them more grateful, but they’ll learn to make more discriminative purchases as well.
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