Attitude Of Gratitude

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Wouldn’t we all move mountains to ensure that our kids are happy? I know I would, but… are we doing too much?

It is always pleasing to see our kids happy when we do things for them and not just when it comes to material things in life, but also the running back and forth for all their needs.

You get children who are natural givers and then you get the child that is more of a taker. There is absolutely no problem with this, as we all have our own unique personalities, but there needs to be balance and this is where the guidance needs to be put in place at an early stage to curb the urge and sense of entitlement.

Is Your Child Simply a Taker?
The ‘taker’ child will always expect more and more from you and on the occasion where your answer
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Gratitude is such a powerful countermeasure to entitlement because it creates a moment of reflection between ‘wanting’ and ‘getting’.

Without gratitude, ‘getting’ becomes empty and expected and comes with one heavy dose of entitlement. There is no harmony and balance in this situation. We as parents need to instill an attitude of gratitude by finding regular, short moments in everyday life where we need to pause and reflect. By sharing it with your kids on a daily basis, it will soon become a habit. The simplest of ways is, on a drive back from picking your kids up at school, asking them to name 3 things that happened that day that made them feel good (helping a friend for example) and 3 things that they are grateful for (being healthy, having a lunchbox full of treats,
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Helicopter parenting may feel like the best way to protect and nurture our kids, but in the long term we are stifling their development and making them ill-prepared for the challenges they will be facing in life.

Children who do not learn how to deal with responsibility will never learn to be accountable for their actions. This is an essential life skill to help them keep the sense of entitlement at bay.

I strongly believe that kids need to start learning how to make decisions from a certain age. By giving them options to different decisions (within the boundaries of your disciplinary rules and regulations within your home) you can also provide them with some guidelines to what the consequences of each decision may be. This way you can guide their thought process and help them see which decisions are more beneficial.

Ignite a Fire for Giving
Not all kids are good at giving, in fact, they do not find it easy at

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