I picked up a copy of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch, because I have been challenged and encouraged by posts on her blog. And because no parent wants to raise a selfish and entitled kid, so I wanted to make sure I was doing the right things.
Lets talk about the book~ First, the beautiful white cover. I was worried I would have smudgy finger prints or tea stains on it before I made it past the introduction. Somehow I made it cover to white cover with no stains to speak of! I loved the texture-y feel of the book. It is like thick parchment and the gold lettering set it apart from other books on my shelf.
What is inside is even more beautiful. Written in a friendly and conversational manner the author shares her heart and vision for her family. A desire to remove the "is that all" attitude and replace it with gratitude and contentment.
With relatable stories and anecdotes of her family, which she admits is still a work in progress; she explains how serving others takes the focus off oneself and leaves a feeling of joy and gratefulness.
There are tips at the end of each chapter covering the chapters subject. The suggestions are tailored for toddlers through the teenage years. The last chapter is set apart for parents. It is a beautifully written chapter on the relationship you have with your child and is full of encouragement for the journey ahead, which may not always be easy.
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World was an inspiring parenting read.
Here are quotes from the book I am still pondering.
~Entitlement didn't start with my kids. It began with me. I entitled them because I was entitled.
~We teach gratitude by living it. We are the example.
~I would love for my kids to one day say they are grateful for their lives because their dad and I were grateful in ours.