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Raising Grateful Kids In An Entitled World

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World- a book by Kristen Welch beautifully narrates how learning to say ‘no’ can in fact lead to the biggest ‘yes’ in life for a family.

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

The book is based on about 240 pages with 3 sections: “Cell Phone Contract between Parent and Child,” “Christian Parent Manifesto,” and “Recommended Resources.”  There is also a discussion guide before the notes.



Saying YES too Often

The writer is fully aware that raising kids is not easy and most oftenly parents would hear comments like: ‘if you love me, you will get it for me too- everyone has it’! , from their kids. Of course we love our children and want them to be happy and feel that they ‘fit in’. The flip side however is, saying yes too often not only takes away peace of mind, a chunk from your wallet but also puts your child at a long term risk.

raising grateful children in an entitled world - saying no to kids

Difference Between Wants and Needs

The book covers ups and downs of Kristen Welch’s family journey and how she discovered that the healthiest upbringing norm is by not giving your kids everything. She could not have stressed more on the importance of educating our children on the differences between ‘wants’ and ‘needs’- with many realistic, practical advises she concurs how one can raise a family which is god-fearing, where kids would be humble and passionate in helping others and grow up to be hardworking, disciplined and fulfilled adults.

raising grateful children in an entitled world - want vs need activity for kids

Role-Model for Gratification

It all starts with a simple habit of being grateful for whatever one has and saying ‘thank you’ not as a mere word, but feeling the essence behind it. Both adults and children suffer with the sense of entitlement but recognizing how children are entitled and what can be done to make them more grateful is key. The part I resonated with the most is that we as parents need to role-model gratification so that our kids can learn from us- we cannot expect our children to embody what we are not living ourselves. Gratitude needs to be adopted as a way of life rather than a forced habit.

raising grateful children in an entitled world - gratification examples

Instilling Right Values

Times are changing and it seems the vicious cycle of ‘wanting more’ will never end hence, its important rather than falling into the trap of becoming child-centered- we instill the right values in our children and take precautions (particularly around challenges like the access and usage of technology) when setting expectations and communicating with them. Inculcating the right moral values while teaching obedience will ensure we make an effort to develop children with strong characters.

raising grateful children in an entitled world - values kids should learn



Taking Responsibility

The book covers ideas on teaching children the value of hard work, hard-earned money and taking responsibility for their actions while managing consequences. If we observe closely- these values represent the mindset our society needs today.

raising grateful children in an entitled world - taking responsibility for your actions

To summarize it, the author recognizes the struggle which parents face while raising children and it’s true because we are trying to make our children recognize the flaws in our society, go ‘against the flow’ and asking them to consciously step away from the evils.

There will be push back, confusion and misunderstandings. Despite that, it is our responsibility to prepare our children for the challenges of tomorrow and support them in becoming value-oriented and thankful.

I would strongly urge parents to read this book. You may purchase it from Amazon:

Conversely, you can learn more about ‘art of raising grateful and happy kids’ from

Raising Grateful and Happy Kids

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Raising Grateful Kids In An Entitled World

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World- a book by Kristen Welch beautifully narrates how learning to say ‘no’ can in fact lead to the biggest ‘yes’ in life for a family.

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

The book is based on about 240 pages with 3 sections: “Cell Phone Contract between Parent and Child,” “Christian Parent Manifesto,” and “Recommended Resources.”  There is also a discussion guide before the notes.



Saying YES too Often

The writer is fully aware that raising kids is not easy and most oftenly parents would hear comments like: ‘if you love me, you will get it for me too- everyone has it’! , from their kids. Of course we love our children and want them to be happy and feel that they ‘fit in’. The flip side however is, saying yes too often not only takes away peace of mind, a chunk from your wallet but also puts your child at a long term risk.

raising grateful children in an entitled world - saying no to kids

Difference Between Wants and Needs

The book covers ups and downs of Kristen Welch’s family journey and how she discovered that the healthiest upbringing norm is by not giving your kids everything. She could not have stressed more on the importance of educating our children on the differences between ‘wants’ and ‘needs’- with many realistic, practical advises she concurs how one can raise a family which is god-fearing, where kids would be humble and passionate in helping others and grow up to be hardworking, disciplined and fulfilled adults.

raising grateful children in an entitled world - want vs need activity for kids

Role-Model for Gratification

It all starts with a simple habit of being grateful for whatever one has and saying ‘thank you’ not as a mere word, but feeling the essence behind it. Both adults and children suffer with the sense of entitlement but recognizing how children are entitled and what can be done to make them more grateful is key. The part I resonated with the most is that we as parents need to role-model gratification so that our kids can learn from us- we cannot expect our children to embody what we are not living ourselves. Gratitude needs to be adopted as a way of life rather than a forced habit.

raising grateful children in an entitled world - gratification examples

Instilling Right Values

Times are changing and it seems the vicious cycle of ‘wanting more’ will never end hence, its important rather than falling into the trap of becoming child-centered- we instill the right values in our children and take precautions (particularly around challenges like the access and usage of technology) when setting expectations and communicating with them. Inculcating the right moral values while teaching obedience will ensure we make an effort to develop children with strong characters.

raising grateful children in an entitled world - values kids should learn



Taking Responsibility

The book covers ideas on teaching children the value of hard work, hard-earned money and taking responsibility for their actions while managing consequences. If we observe closely- these values represent the mindset our society needs today.

raising grateful children in an entitled world - taking responsibility for your actions

To summarize it, the author recognizes the struggle which parents face while raising children and it’s true because we are trying to make our children recognize the flaws in our society, go ‘against the flow’ and asking them to consciously step away from the evils.

There will be push back, confusion and misunderstandings. Despite that, it is our responsibility to prepare our children for the challenges of tomorrow and support them in becoming value-oriented and thankful.

I would strongly urge parents to read this book. You may purchase it from Amazon:

Conversely, you can learn more about ‘art of raising grateful and happy kids’ from

Raising Grateful and Happy Kids

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