Note from Daniel: This is a guest post by Veronica Wallace.
Do you ever fear that your children are entitled?
Entitlement is the opposite of gratitude.
When children and teenagers feel entitled, they become upset when they don’t get what they feel they deserve.
But when their lives are filled with gratitude, they express appreciation for the many good things they know they don’t deserve at all.
Here are 30 ways to fight entitlement and develop gratitude in your children.
1. Don’t just make your children say “please” and “thank you”; explain to them why it’s important to do so sincerely
Many children and teens say “please” and “thank you” without sincerity.
They say it out of politeness, because their parents have trained them to use these “magic” words.
But warmth and sincerity matter more than politeness.
Encourage your children to say “please” and “thank you”, and explain to them how these words must come from a place of genuine gratitude.
Only when your children mean it each time will they cultivate a spirit of thankfulness.
2. Expect more from your children
When you don’t expect anything of your children, they’ll expect everything of you.
Needing to earn something and being grateful to others for what you’ve earned is key.
Chores and responsibilities are powerful tools that will prevent your children from becoming entitled.
3. Establish boundaries
Creating boundaries is essential so that your children understand that resources aren’t infinite.
Work with your children to establish boundaries related to spending, responsibilities, toys, electronic devices, etc.
Show your children how you establish boundaries in your own life too. [Read more…]