We all want to raise responsible, grateful, helpful children. But that can be a challenge in a society where children feel they “need” the latest and greatest phone, clothing, etc. and where children feel put-upon to help out around the house because apparently none of their friends ever have to clean their rooms or do the dishes or complete whatever task we ask of them.
In today’s episode, Saren is interviewed by the great moms who run the podcast Family Looking Up. Here are some of the topics addressed:
- What entitlement is and why it is detrimental to the overall happiness and success of our children’s lives.
- What we can do when we hear “My friends have this” or “ My friends don’t have to do that”.
- How to raise entitlement-free kids without being a “no mom” (always quick to say no to your kids)
- How gratitude is a great antidote to entitlement. Saren discusses specific ways to teach gratitude to children.
- How to teach children the right principles that help them to FEEL the right things instead of just DOING the right things.
- How we can open our children’s eyes to their blessings without going to Ghana.
- How to set up a chore system for children; the pros and cons of different systems, why a chore system is worth the trouble, and how to implement a flexible system that works (and not beat ourselves up about it if we aren’t super consistent about that system!)