Practicing Grateful Parenting

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.12510438_10208134128374598_6454783650496995656_n

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

7 thoughts on “Practicing Grateful Parenting

  1. Thank you, all! I have definitely had my eyes opened to being actually grateful. I am hoping I will be more intentional about it from now on. 🙂

  2. When I was reading this book I found myself nodding at every turn of the page too! Sometimes we all get caught in the entitlement trap, but if we are lucky we don’t stay there long. Right now my oldest daughter has a real envy of her friend’s bigger and nicer houses. Who doesn’t want granite counter tops? When she gets that way I try to point her back to gratitude for what our house does have. It’s all about perspective. Thanks for including me in your blog hop.

  3. Your post, links to so many others, and the book are so important and so needed. I am thankful for you and your ministry.
    We are models and we are human. We fall down on the job sometimes. We can apologize and start fresh and learn the lessons too. I may not be a parent, but I am a teacher and now a private tutor to the primary-aged children. I run right alongside all of you parents in my careers and have learned too. I want to be grateful, loving, humble, gentle, and so much more, but I fall down. God has always been with me with reminders and a hand. I am most grateful for my Father God.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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