Monday, February 22, 2016

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch


“But everyone else has it.” “If you loved me, you’d get it for me!” When you hear these comments from your kids, it can be tough not to cave. You love your children―don’t you want them to be happy and to fit in?

Kristen Welch knows firsthand it’s not that easy. In fact, she’s found out that when you say yes too often, it’s not only hard on your peace of mind and your wallet―it actually puts your kids at long-term risk. In Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen shares the ups and downs in her own family’s journey of discovering why it’s healthiest not to give their kids everything. Teaching them the difference between “want” and “need” is the first step in the right direction. With many practical tips and anecdotes, she shares how to say the ultimate yes as a family by bringing up faith-filled kids who will love God, serve others, and grow into hardworking, fulfilled, and successful adults.

It’s never too late to raise grateful kids. Get ready to cultivate a spirit of genuine appreciation and create a Jesus-centered home in which your kids don’t just say―but mean!―“thank you” for everything they have.

My Thoughts:

It's probably been a couple of years now that I've followed Kristen's blog, We are THAT Family. It seemed I kept making my way over there from posts at Facebook or Pinterest, and finally decided her words needed to be in my Feedly. She's one of the most honest, yet encouraging bloggers out there! She's real at her blog and in her book, and lets all know that she and her family aren't perfect. While some folks have went too far, with too much information in an attempt to be "honest", Kristen gets it just right. She's full of powerful words that both encourage and challenge.

It's for those reasons that I picked up this book, and encourage you to do so, too. As all good parenting books should do, it also stepped on my own toes, and encouraged me to work on myself, too. So many problem issues with my little ones could be fixed with myself changing my own problems. So often, I struggle with entitlement. I'm not so sure I would have noticed that without this book's help, though. It's no wonder my children struggle with the same thing.

This book is useful for all ages. There are lots of stories from Kristen's family. Some of these I recognized from the blog, but others I didn't. Her children are older than mine, so I felt that most of the stories were giving me a peek into the future. There are little tips throughout the book that are divided by age, so there IS advice for all ages: toddlers/preschoolers, elementary, and teenagers. These show how to put the advice into practice.

In the end, I highly recommend this book! We've made changes in our own family the past several weeks, with the encouragement of this book. My children have chores and a salary now. My house is slowly getting cleaner as they help, and they buy their own things. (It's a bit amazing that they've wanted band-aids and tissues and tape more than anything else. WHY have we been buying toys?! ;) I do hope they start saving more, but they're learning.) I'm sure I'll be referencing this book again throughout the years. It is one that will grow with you as your children grow. I was greatly encouraged and challenged by it, and I hope to slowly keep adding changes as we learn and grow.

*I was provided a review copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.


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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

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  1. This title sounds very interesting!!

  2. I heard about this book on FB. I haven't read it yet, but the friend said if it's anything like Cleaning House, it'll be great. So I read Cleaning House...loved it. But I do want to read this one, too.

    (Unfortunately, I gave up on Feedly a while back. I don't remember why. However, I read very few blogs now...mostly just long-time friends.:) )

    1. Cleaning House does sound great, too! We need constant encouragement around here. I keep hoping that one day it will come more naturally, but I guess that will take more time. ;)

      I was heartbroken when I lost my blogger feed, but Feedly was the closest to it. I tried a couple of different options. They were all a pain to get used to, though. :/ I need to do like you, though, and cut back.

  3. This title has been on my radar for a while. I'm hoping to read it this year!