One of the most important lessons that a parent can instill in a child is a sense of gratitude and an appreciation for their relative good fortune when measured against the far less prosperous citizens that make up much of the world. It’s long been said that it takes a village to raise a child, and today’s global village created by bloggers around the world is no exception. Full of advice, hints, and tips for helping a child recognize and be grateful for the many blessings in their lives, these 30 blog entries can be very effective tools for parents faced with such a responsibility.
Preventing a Sense of Entitlement
Despite economic struggles since the collapse of the housing market, America’s children are still among the most affluent in the world. Because today’s child is bombarded with marketing schemes directed solely at them and intended to prey upon burgeoning commercialism, it can be difficult for parents to avoid their children fostering a sense of entitlement. When advertisers send the message that every child deserves the newest piece of technology or stylish toy, these five blog posts offer advice for helping to battle such impulses.
- “I Want It Now!” How to Challenge a False Sense of Entitlement in Kids
- Our Spoiled, Rotten Children
- Child Entitlement Abuse: How Parents Inadvertently Harm Their Children
- Preventing the Spoiled Child Syndrome
- Raising Your Children to Not Feel Entitled
Teaching Money Management
One of the most effective ways to help children understand the value of their belongings is to teach them the value of a dollar, and exactly how many of those hard-earned dollars it takes to make a large purchase. These five bloggers take on the challenge of teaching children money management and financial planning skills, which can help them learn to be appreciative of the work it takes to acquire material goods.
- Teaching Kids to Manage Their Money – Before They Move Out
- 7 Tips for Teaching Young Kids About Money and Managing an Allowance
- Saving Money: Teaching Children the Value of Money
- 4 Ways to Teach Your Children Money Management
- Who’s Teaching Your Kids About Money?
Instilling a Sense of Gratitude
For kids to truly be thankful for their blessings they must first understand the concept of gratitude. By learning what it means to be grateful, kids are better able to apply those lessons and get the most out of them. These five entries center around the concept of thankfulness, and helping kids grasp it.
- The Grateful Generation
- How – And Why – To Instill True Gratitude In Your Kids
- Helping Kids be Grateful When It’s Not Holiday Time
- Raising an Appreciative Child
- Instilling a Sense of Gratitude
Reversing Existing Problem Behavior
Despite parents’ best efforts, sometimes children still fall into the trap of ungrateful attitudes and demanding behavior. Though correcting these habits can be a bit of a challenge, the authors of these five blog entries offer their suggestions and hints for reversing a trend of ingratitude.
- Why Your Teen Is So Ungrateful
- Parenting Solutions: Selfish and Spoiled
- Stop the Selfishness – Part 1
- 10 Ways to Handle an Ungrateful Child
- That’s Enough! Four Ways to Discipline Ungrateful Children
When children interact personally with those that are less fortunate than themselves, it can become easier for them to put their own good fortune into perspective. Working alongside a parent or caregiver in a volunteer capacity is often an effective way of helping kids learn to be thankful for what they have, as well as becoming actively participating members of their community.
- Raising Successful Children Through Charitable Giving
- Getting Kids into Giving Back
- On Kids Volunteering in the Community
- Want to Keep the Kids Busy? Volunteer at Your Local Food Bank
- Teaching Kids to Give Back: 5 Easy Ways to Volunteer from Home with Toddlers and Kids
If your family celebrates Thanksgiving, a holiday based around the idea of being thankful, there is a veritable goldmine of activity opportunities that you can take advantage of. In the interest of helping your children become more thankful year-round, here are five Thanksgiving-centric activity ideas from the blogosphere.
- Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids
- Thanksgiving Activities for Kids
- Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Activities
- 6 Outdoor Thanksgiving Activities for Kids
- Thanksgiving Activities For Kids