Teaching entitlement comes without any effort. Children in our culture automatically feel entitled to a mobile phone.
Teaching gratitude takes effort but it’s a very worthwhile endeavor.
Start with gratitude for everyday things like dinner. A negative statement about an item of dinner should be off limits. Make a negative statement and you are doing the dishes.
Every family member should be required to thank mom for making the dinner.
“Thanks for dinner tonight Mom” is a statement that acknowledges that someone, namely mom, went to the effort to get dinner on the table.
This gratitude campaign is best begun and enforced by dad. But it can be handled by anyone, even mom.
Remember, it’s not really for mom, it’s to teach gratitude. Important? Gratitude just might be the attitude that gets your child’s marriage through a difficult season. Teach it now and it will serve them later.