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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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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)
From the Back Cover
It can be so tough not to cave when your children ask for stuff. “I want it! It would make me happy! Can’t you please get it for me?” Of course you love your kids―don’t you want them to be happy and to fit in, even if it’s tough on your wallet and your peace of mind?
Kristen Welch found out firsthand it’s not that easy―and learned the surprising truth that giving our kids the world looks different than what you’d expect. In Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen shares her own family’s journey of discovering:
- Why it’s best and healthiest not to give our kids everything
- What it takes to give kids perspective through service and hard work
- The secrets to guiding children to become fulfilled, successful adults
- How to say the ultimate yes as a family by bringing up faith-filled kids who love God and others
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- Teaching my 4 year old preschooler and 2 year old toddler about money. For our family, we decided to establish weekly allowance and "give, save, spend" categories for each child. Also now if they destroy or loose something important, we can take money out of their piggy bank to show them that everything isn't magically replaceable by "the store" - it's actually costs our family something!
- I never wanted to go to Africa because it seems so unsafe with illness, war, etc. But this book has totally changed my perspective, and now my priority is much more to give my children the gift of grateful and generous hearts. I have talked to a South African friend who has traveled a lot and she has recommended places in Africa that would be good for my family to safely visit and help. Also we realized that our church sponsors a school there that we'd like to visit. My fear is gone and now I am excited to take these trips one day.
- We started sponsoring a boy in another country for our son to learn about and pray for, and a girl for our daughter. It is a great opportunity to talk about the things that they have in common - chores! - and the things that our children have that their sponsor children don't. For example, 3 meals a day, great education, cars, a bedroom of their own, political rights, etc.
There are definitely chapters in this book that go above and beyond the scope of the title - protecting your kids from porn, for example - but those chapters are so important that it's worthwhile that she wrote them.