Do your kids think the whole world revolves around them? Have they become spoiled and ungrateful? Are they never satisfied with what they have and always want more toys, more games, more money, more everything?
It is easy for us parents to say “They’re just spoiled and don’t appreciate everything I do for them!” But what we really should be doing is teaching them to appreciate everything life has to offer.
Try getting your children involved with a charity so they help those less fortunate and really make a difference. They can donate some of their old toys and stuffed animals to needy children. At Christmas time, let them pick out a small toy at the store and donate it to Toys for Tots. When they see people who have less than they do they’ll learn to appreciate how good they have it.
Don’t buy them something every time you walk into a store. You’ll be training them to expect something for nothing. Spoil your children with your time and love rather than toys and games. They may whine about not getting the new Barbie doll or race car at first, but they’d much rather spend time with you anyway. Remember it’s not how much stuff you give them. It’s how much of “you” you give them.
Create a little job board and give your little ones simple chores to do based on their age. Examples could be making their beds, setting the dinner table, and picking up after themselves. Whenever they do their job put a sticker under their name and when they reach 10 stickers they get a small reward. This teaches them the value of earning something rather than having it handed to them.
And always remember to set a good example. Children learn their behavior and attitudes from their parents. If they see you being unappreciative and complaining about how much you don’t have then that’s how they’ll act too. But if they see you appreciating how fortunate you are and enjoying what you do have they’ll grow up to be healthy, appreciative adults.
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