Raising Grateful Kids In An Entitled World by Kristen Welch: A Book Review
‘We are THAT family’. It’s a blog that caught my eye about a year ago and since then I’ve enjoyed reading blogger Kristen Welch’s real accounts of the ups and downs of family life. Because we are THAT family too. You know, the ones that lose library books and have hairbrush, sock and pyjama monsters in our house. So when this book became available for review, I jumped at the chance to review it. How to move children from entitlement to gratitude is such a key issue for our generation. We all know that children today often have so much. As a parent of three children I struggle to get the balance right between giving my children opportunities but not spoiling them on the other hand. This is such a thought-provoking topic, and a timely one too, being Christmastime and all.
Author Kristen Welch has also published Rhinestone Jesus (which I haven’t read yet). She is an (in)courage writer; a frequent speaker; and founder of Mercy House, a nonprofit ministry which empowers women around the globe. You can check out Kristen’s blog online at: wearethatfamily.com. In ‘Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned that Saying No Leads to Life’s Biggest Yes’ author Kristen Welch transparently shares her family’s journey of encouraging gratitude in their children. The back cover reads:
“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 help kids become hardworking, fulfilled, and successful adults.It’s never too late to raise grateful kids. Get ready to cultivate a spirit of genuine appreciation in your family and create a home in which your kids don’t just say–but “mean”!–“thank you” for everything they have.”
I really enjoyed this book. It’s an easy read but it imparts so many significant truths. Kristen really gets to the heart of why children are me-focused and offers many practical strategies for change. This book is engaging, inspiring and encouraging. I especially appreciated the chapter on technology as this is an area that we really battle in our household. I can’t say that I agreed with everything in the book. But most of it resonated with me, and I really appreciated the author’s humble stance. She reiterated many times that she was not a parenting expert and that she and her husband don’t have it all together. This makes her so much more relatable.
‘Raising Grateful Kids’ is going to be released by Tyndale in January 2016 and it’s a must read for Christian and non-Christian parents alike. There is something for everyone in this gem of a book. Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of “Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World,” in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255