Book Review: Raising Grateful Kids

I’ve worked in a variety of jobs since I was a teenager, but most of them have had one thing in common: I was interacting with a lot of people. I typically enjoy this, but there have been times (the year I was working retail during Christmas) when the entitlement attitudes are a bit much. As a parent, I don’t want my kids to end up becoming that person. You know what I mean, the person at the donut shop who is pitching a fit because they’ve sold out of the chocolate donuts, or some other silly thing. Since I already follow Kristen Welch’s blog, I was anxious to read her new book on the subject, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World.

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life's Biggest Yes  -     By: Kristen Welch
There were times reading the book when I thought, “OK, we’re doing pretty well in that area.” And there were other times when I thought, “Boy, I need to work on that myself!” The great thing about Raising Grateful Kids is that it’s not a book that lays out hard and fast rules that, if followed precisely, will guarantee the outcome. Kristen gives you ideas and things to think about, but never suggests that her way of doing things is the only way. There’s a lot of latitude for figuring out how God wants you to apply things in your own family. Even better, she freely admits that it’s a work in progress for their family too. You can breathe a sigh of relief now!

I wasn’t expecting how convicting Raising Grateful Kids would be in relation to my own attitudes. As Kristen pointed out, we need to model gratefulness in our own lives if we want our kids to learn how to be grateful. That’s probably an area that all of us have room for improvement in. I sure do!

I appreciated the chapter “Making Smart Choices about Technology”. My kids are still young enough that they’re not using the internet without direct supervision, but I know that this is something we’ll be dealing with sooner than I’d like! It really is a different world than it was when I was a teenager, and I was glad to read someone else’s perspective on technology. Even though we’ll probably do things a bit differently, it gave me a lot of things to consider and think through first.

Raising Grateful Kids is a wonderful resource for parents with kids of all ages! You could read through it in a weekend if you wanted to, but I preferred to read through it a bit more slowly and ponder each chapter a bit before moving onto the next. There are a lot of good books for parents, but I’d definitely say that this one is a must-read.

Please note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

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