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Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life's Biggest Yes Paperback – January 26, 2016

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"Meredith Mitchell's encouraging tone draws listeners into Kristen Welch's message by making the author's perspectives on family life sound more hopeful and empowering than prescriptive." ---AudioFile --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Rearing children in our contemporary culture is difficult, but rearing grateful children is even harder. In Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen Welch gives solid practical advice. Grateful children become responsible adults. I highly recommend this book. (Gary Chapman, Ph.D., Author of The Five Love Languages)

Parents today fight what seems like a never-ending battle against the current of the culture in raising our children. In Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen not only inspires us to raise our children differently, but she teaches us how to actually live that out in our homes. So very practical and convicting. A must-read! (Ruth Schwenk, Pastor’s wife and mama to four, coauthor of Hoodwinked, and creator of TheBetterMom.com)

In this fast-paced, instant gratification culture, Kristen’s countercultural message of selflessness and gratitude is much needed! This book left me convicted, challenged, and encouraged, both personally and as a parent. (Crystal Paine, Founder of MoneySavingMom.com and New York Times bestselling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode)

I absolutely love this book. Kristen unearths the heart issue of why many children are selfish and unaware of the needs of others. Her words engage, inspire, and instruct parents in raising emotionally strong, healthy children who are grateful in the important moments of life. (Sally Clarkson, Author of The Lifegiving Home and Own Your Life, and blogger at SallyClarkson.com)

I can’t think of anyone I would trust more than Kristen to teach on this topic. She’s made her entire life a testimony to doing this well, and everyone who reads this book will be inspired by her story, her heart, her wisdom, and her love of the Lord. (Angie Smith, Bestselling author of several books and Bible studies including, Chasing God and Seamless)

Kristen’s words are so timely, and I am thankful for her hard-fought wisdom. I am all ears whenever Kristen writes because she just gets it, and it was no different with this book. If you’re looking for support and practical ideas on how to raise grateful kids in an increasingly entitled world, this book is a must-read. (Sarah Mae, Author of Longing for Paris)
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (January 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496405293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496405296
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We've done our share of home improvements over the years. Each one always brought hope for our home to be a place of comfort and invitation for our family. We also had to protect our investment over the years which required maintenance type projects like a new roof or siding or windows.

I love watching the home improvement shows but something funny begins to stir in me after a while - - discontent. If not careful, I can begin to look around and see what room should be painted a different color, flooring should be switched out or worse yet, bathroom should be redone. And truly, nothing needs to be improved at our home at this time.

In her book, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen Welch hits it on the head:

And as uncomfortable as it sounds, parents who want less-entitled kids have to be less entitled themselves, and parents who want to raise more grateful kids need to start by living more grateful lives. (page 11)

Media has increasingly made it difficult to be content with what we have, where we are, and who we are. Commercials drive us to get the next new product in the hopes of being able to be successful and achieve our dreams. Along with eroding our contentment, we are driven to get it quickly, now.

My children are grown adults, now raising their own children. I pray we, as their parents, raised them to work hard and to be grateful for what they have been given. But only time will truly tell if they learned the lesson and are able to resist the pull which surrounds them.

Kristen readily admits she is not a child psychologist but a parent facing the same challenges as us all.
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I bought this book on a whim. Another homeschooling mom had told me about the blog We are THAT family. I liked what I saw and the author released this book 2 days later. To be honest, like others probably, I bought this thinking I was going to find out how to fix my kids. My husband and I are in a battle against entitlement with our kids daily it seems. Instead what I am getting out of this book is so much more! I am not figuring how to fix my kids, but how to fix myself! I find myself constantly reading it out loud with my husband and discussing many of the issues presented in this book. It has really made us stop and think about ourselves and how we parent. It is revolutionizing our lives! We have already started making small changes in our home. I highly recommend to anyone with kids of any age or if you are preparing to start a family.
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I loved this book and have already recommended it to several friends!! I used a highlighter and made notes in the margins. As much as i read, I don't tend give out specific recommendations very often. However, I can wholeheartedly say that I hope if you're a parent you'll read this. Kristen Welch could totally be my friend. Her thoughts on Christian parenting in our largely non-Christian society are refreshing and down-to-earth. She doesn't pretend to be an expert, but rather to be a real mom in the trenches of the hardest, most wonderful job ever given to a human. She challenges us to raise kids who go against the flow, to live intentionally, and gives realistic ways to not feed the entitlement beast. One of my favorite things she says is, "Sometimes the best way to help our kids is to not help them. They often become resourceful and responsible when we simply let them. We can do this by stepping back and being quiet. That doesn't mean we aren't compassionate and caring. It just means we don't jump to fix their problems just because we have the time, money or resources. Yes, part of parenting is coming to their aid, but if we always rush to do so, we fail to teach them the other part that is just as important as knowing we will be there to help them. And that's letting them know we will be there when we can't help them." You will likely walk away realizing how much you are already doing well and discover some things you can always work on. I honestly closed the last page of this book feeling like I was on the right track and that, while I have some areas I can certainly improve upon, I have a good tribe who are in this with me and can keep me accountable.
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This is the book that just won’t let me go. Entitlement seeps into every nook and cranny of our lives, and if we don’t have the eyes to see, we will also raise our children to be entitled. This isn’t a “I-have-parenting-figured-out-and-here-are-all-the-answers-book”, this is a “We’re-in-this-together-and-we-can-do-this” book… and it is such a breath of fresh air.

I’ve had numerous conversations over the past few weeks as I’ve been reading this book that have made me sit up and pay attention. If we as adults feel we deserve so much, then it would make sense that our children will grow up thinking the same. When I tell other parents the title of this book they groan, because we all know entitlement is prevalent. But sometimes we’re not sure how to battle it or if it’s even worth the effort it takes to back up and find a different path to follow. When we begin to see we’re not alone in our stirrings, we get the courage to take a stand and raise families who see there’s so much more to life than the lie we’ve been believing.

Kristen says, “And as uncomfortable as it sounds, parents who want less-entitled kids have to be less entitled themselves, and parents who want to raise more grateful kids need to start by living more grateful lives."

This book addresses the big picture, but also includes practical tips to help your family learn to live more grateful lives. She has done her research and has put together an incredible book that is essential to parents of children of every age who long to raise their kids to be more than just happy.

**I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.
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