Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life's Biggest Yes is author Kristen Welch's answer to the heavily entitled culture that we currently live in. When I received this book, the first thing I noticed was the absolutely gorgeous cover. It's a very unique and extravagant cover - made from a thick white, textured paper embossed with gold writing. It really caught my attention and made me want to pick it up and read it right away. Like many other Christian parents, I have several children in various age ranges who can really struggle with gratefulness at times. I struggle as a parent with finding the right balance between wanting to give my kids what "everyone else" has, not wanting them to be spoiled, and frankly not being able to afford keeping up with the Joneses. It's hard for kids to understand why they can't have it all, and that's why there's a huge need to teach gratefulness. I appreciate Kristen's effort to go on and share this journey with the world. The back cover reads:
""But everyone else has it." "If you loved me, you'd get it for me!" When you hear these comments from your kids, it can be tough not to cave. You love your children--don't you want them to be happy and to fit in?Kristen Welch knows firsthand it's not that easy. In fact, she's found out that when you say yes too often, it's not only hard on your peace of mind and your wallet--it actually "puts your kids at long-term risk." In "Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World," Kristen shares the ups and downs in her own family's journey of discovering why it's healthiest "not" to give their kids everything. Teaching them the difference between "want" and "need" is the first step in the right direction. With many practical tips and anecdotes, she shares how to help kids become hardworking, fulfilled, and successful adults.It's never too late to raise grateful kids. Get ready to cultivate a spirit of genuine appreciation in your family and create a home in which your kids don't just say--but "mean"!--"thank you" for everything they have."
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World is a small book that is extremely easy to read, but imparts a lot of heavy truths and gave me a lot to ruminate on after reading it. This is the type of book that you will be thinking of long after you put it down. I appreciated how Kristen didn't just share her own family's journey, but give readers clear actions and plans that they can implement with their own children and in their own families to build gratefulness in their children's hearts. I also loved how she was so open and honest with her and her husband's own personal struggles and is so clear to share how her family isn't perfect and hasn't "arrived" - her and her family are on the journey alongside everyone else. I highly recommend this book to every Christian parent.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.