You have great kids and you really love them but…..
You want them to appreciate what they have instead of constantly asking for more and expecting it be given to them.
You long to see those demanding tones and mini-tantrums turn into respectful conversations and sincere thank you’s.
You dream of feeling the peace of contentment in your home and to actually get through the store without anyone throwing a fit.
Friend, I am so glad you are here! As a mom of three who has experienced the frustration of demanding behavior, the embarrassment of tantrums and the discouragement of ingratitude, I understand how maddening it can be. But there is hope!
I believe …..
we can raise grateful, compassionate and responsible kids even in a culture of entitlement.
small changes can transform your children’s attitudes and grow your relationship with them.
this journey can be enjoyable and even FUN!
having a close give-and-take relationship with your child where you both truly appreciate each other.
your child coming to you, looking you right in the eye and saying a heartfelt “thank you”. (Without asking you for something a second later!)
them working hard and seeing their eyes light up with a big smile on their face as they experience the joy and reward of a job well done.
and then taking that hard earned money and asking if it’s okay to use some of it to help a friend in need.
This is all entirely possible and you can learn how to make it happen in your own home!
When you join the Enjoy the Learning Journey community you will get the knowledge, tools and support you need to end entitlement so you can raise kids who say “thank you” and really mean it.
I remember the feeling of disappointment as I watched gift after gift hastily opened and thrown aside with barely a mumble of “thanks” spoken as each of our three young children asked where their next present was.
My heart sank that Christmas morning as I thought about how misdirected my efforts had been. It was an unpleasant experience but it opened my eyes to the possibility of a better way for my children and our family.
There have certainly been other instances when one of our children has been demanding, unappreciative, or felt entitled to something. However, these past few years, as my husband and I have worked diligently to wipe out entitlement in our home I’ve seen strong growth. I’ve seen glimmers of hope that, by the grace of God, we can instill gratitude in our children so they can experience the peace of contentment and the joy of hard work and reward.
It’s something I’m passionate about because I’ve seen how genuine gratitude can change lives. In fact, it changed my own life. Through some tough life experiences and God’s Grace I’ve experienced the peace and joy of gratitude and contentment. As a child and teenager that wasn’t the case (umm, the word “brat” comes to mind). And because of my own transformational experience I’m on a mission to help my family and yours!
So, while Jesus is the true changer of hearts, we as parents have the awesome opportunity to shape our children’s habits, attitudes and actions to set them on the course to become responsible, grateful and compassionate adults.
With small steps and changes I am confident that you too can experience the beauty of gratitude in your home and have fun doing it!
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Are you ready to raise kids who say “thank you” and really mean it?
I am so excited to have you as part of this community! I’ll be cheering you on as you walk on this journey and start seeing some immediate changes in your family.