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“You should be thankful for the things you have! There are children all over the world that don’t have enough to eat. When I was a kid…”
If you’re like me, you've probably heard yourself saying something like this to your kids. All of us experience"skill slippage" from time to time: Yes! We, Love and Logic guys, also have our not-so-great parenting moments.
Do our kids really learn life's most important lessons by being lectured? Thankfulness… like just about everything else… is learned via the Three E's of Love and Logic.
Do we show our kids how thankful we are for what we have, or do they see us grumbling and complaining?
Kids need to witness us being sincerely thankful for the air we breathe, our health, making it home from work without having a car accident, the food we have, the water we drink, our family…
When the Pilgrims received assistance from their Native American friends and enjoyed their first successful crop, they experienced heartfelt thankfulness. Why? They'd first experienced the prospect of drowning at sea, severe hunger, illness, and the deaths of many of their colony.
While we certainly don't advocate children facing this sort of pain, will they ever experience true thankfulness if they are given everything they want without having to wait or work for it?
Parents who use anger, lectures, threats, or punishment to coerce their children into being thankful, create resentment and rebellion instead.
Parents who demonstrate their genuine empathy and love… as they allow their children to learn sometimes uncomfortable lessons about humility and thankfulness… are far more likely to raise kids with an attitude of gratitude.
Enjoy your kids!
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