Monday, January 14, 2013
All 6 of our children, struggle with entitlement on various levels. It has driven us to a point where we decided there has to be some cure for this mentality of " mom and dad are their loving providers and care givers, so they MUST give them everything they ask for... or NOT? Sol and I have made very intentional decisions of not parenting out of "what feels good" to us but rather "what is best for our children... long-term." We seek God daily to give us wisdom on how to teach our children life lessons. Courage. Integrity. Humility. Discipline. Contentment. Generosity. Thankfulness.
Right before Christmas, we decided that our gift giving was going to be very minimal. We kindly asked family members to hold on to their gifts for our children and explained to them why. We truly wanted to celebrate Christ's birth, live and breathe thankfulness and understand what it means to be content. As someone that loves giving gifts, it was difficult for me. But Sol and I both felt this was best for them. We still gave, but we gave minimally, they gave to each other and we let Christmas reflect its true meaning. We also gave each of our children a journal to begin their personal journey of Thankfulness. Every morning, before breakfast they write 3 things that they are thankful for.
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