When Kristen Welch posted on her blog We Are THAT Family that she was forming a launch team for her new book Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, I was all over it. As a teacher and a mother, I see the ugly entitlement monster rear its ugly head often. This book seemed to be a perfect read for me. This book was a perfect read for me but in a truly surprising way.
As I read the book, I found myself nodding my head, agreeing with the points Kristen was making.
“Yes! I want my kids to appreciate the benefits of a job well done!”
“Yes! We want to be counter-cultural!”
“Yes! Gratefulness starts with parents. I am sure I model gratefulness to my kids!”
Fast-forward a few days later when a house we thought we might buy fell through — the timing just wasn’t right. My mind accepted this fact. I want us to be wise with our finances, especially when it comes to buying a house. But as I looked around our current house—a house I have never been crazy about, a house in need of updating, a house that was only supposed to be a temporary move and now it has been over four years — I heaved a huge sigh of disappointment.
Unfortunately, it did not stop with just a sigh. I verbally expressed my frustration.
“This house is not what I wanted.”
“We weren’t supposed to be here this long.”
“We picked this house because it worked logistically.”
“I want something nicer.”
“I am almost forty and I work hard, I deserve a farm sink and granite countertops!”
Hmmm. Uh-oh. Quite a contrast from my previous enthusiasm for being counter-cultural and my certainty of being a model of contentment.
My husband and I have worked very hard to make sure our kids are grateful kids. We try to help them have perspective and appreciate all that they have, but more often than I would like to admit, I can hear the entitlement creep into their requests, or more accurately, demands.
I think I may not model gratefulness as well as I thought.
I dove back into the book and began to apply it to myself. How can I be more grateful? How can my parenting model gratefulness? How can I prompt our family to practice this gratefulness and make a difference?
Raising Grateful Kids is a great book. Kristen shares her own personal journey to grateful living with her readers. While Kristen provides practical steps to practice gratefulness, her words are very thought provoking. I am excited to recommend Raising Grateful Kids. I am also excited for our family to begin our journey to becoming more grateful.
Pre-order your copy of Raising Grateful Kids here. (It is currently only $10 on Amazon!)
*I was a part of the launch team for Raising Grateful Kids. I was given a free PDF copy of the book for an honest review and promotion of the book. However, I do not promote or recommend anything I do not personally use or really believe it is a useful product. Book links are affiliate links.*
I am happy to be a co-host of the #RaisingGratefulKids blog hop. Check out these other posts about the importance of gratitude!
Inspiring an Attitude of Gratitude – by Alison
Rasisng Grateful Kids – by amanda
Why You Can’t Buy Gratitude At The Dollar Store – by Andrea
Missing – Gratefulness in our home – by Ange
Choosing Gratitude – by Angela
Gratefullness – by chaley
5 Steps to Gratitude-Fille Family – by Christa
Practicing Grateful Parenting – by Dana
Sing a Song – by Hannah
Cultivating gratitude in our family – by Jamie
Gratefulness In Our Home – by Jana
Gratefulness In Our Home – by Jana
Let It Begin With Me – by Jen
Choosing Gratefulness – by Jennifer
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World – The Book – by jeri
Eradicating Entitlement – What are you rooted in? – by Jessica
Gratefulness in our home – by Kate
The Problem With Entitlement is that it begins with us – by Katelyn
7 Unusual Ways I Know How to Be Grateful – by Kathryn
Raising Grateful Kids – by Keri
How My Children Remind Me to Pray with Gratitude – by Kishona
Grateful – by Kristy
Entitlement: The Ugly Truth of a Beautiful Lie – by Leigha
The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Raise Grateful Kids – by Lindsey
Dear Son: How Do I Teach You To Be Grateful Without Guilt? – by Marie Osborne
Gratitude, A Practical Definition – by Mia
Cultivating Gratitude in Our Home – by Nancy
Learning Gratitude through Chronic Illness – by Rachel
Being Grateful – by Rebecca
I’ve Found Something I Can’t Live Without – by Sarah
The Power of Naming our Gifts – by Sarah
Outfitted – by Sarah Jo
Growing Gratitude in our Family – by Sondra
Teaching Gratefulness – by Stephanie
How Grateful Looks From Here – by Alison
Fighting Entitlement in Children and All of us – by Leah
Entitlement Problem – by Karrie
Grateful Today – by Krystal