Countering the Culture of Entitlement

It would have been easier for me to talk about budget-line items and why the sandwiches-only restriction was a more prudent choice. Instead, we discussed gratitude. We talked about how good we have it, and we named what we had to be thankful for. God provides for our family, we’re healthy and we even get treats like a drive-thru meal on the way to the beach. 

Left to their own devices, children can easily develop attitudes of entitlement that stem from living in a land of plenty. Our job as parents is to focus on instilling within our kids the pursuit of better things. This includes character traits that strengthen them to resist the constant pull and desire for more.

Pursuing better things allows children to feel content with their lives. And character traits help them understand the Gospel — how it relates to them and how they can faithfully live it out both now and as they grow older. This means we equip them with tools for making wise choices and habits.

To start, I let my kids know that it isn’t wrong to have nice things. God blesses His children with nice things all the time. But we must be careful that we don’t make accumulating and achieving material wealth our idols. Also, we need to take good care of the things God has entrusted to us, whether we’ve been given much or little.

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Kathleen Notes: Often parents need to address their own character in order to model the behaviors we`d like to see in our kiddos. The good news is that Grace covers us, too.



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