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3 Ways to Steal Gratitude from Your Kids

3 Ways to Steal Gratitude from Your Kids

Thank you. Two simple words, yet they mean so much. When said with warmth, sincerity and integrity, they communicate love and appreciation. Yet when said with sarcasm or guilt, they can leave you feeling undervalued and dismissed. Ironically, these are also some of the first words we teach our children. My husband and I taught our

Contagious Contentment

Want your kids to mature and derive joy through giving rather than keeping? Want them to become generous, giving, and gracious people? It starts with you. With your values. With your priorities. With your awareness that enough is enough. Contentment is contagious. Unfortunately, it’s also pretty rare. It’s all too easy for parents to communicate

The Mouths of Babes: Expressing Gratitude

I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. – Ephesians 1:16 One thing I’ve been trying to teach my boys lately is that the best thing you can tell a soldier is “Thank you for servin’ our country!” Well, recently our family was in a restaurant in Washington, DC, where we

Helping Kids Express Everyday Gratitude

Finding ways to grumble and complain is easy.  Choosing to look for ways to express gratitude can seem like one of those dreaded last chance workouts on the hit series, The Biggest Loser. And for kids, giving thanks in all things can be like eating their peas before the can enjoy dessert! So parents, how do we

Giving Thanks In Everything

I sit at the prayer bench before my bedroom window. Outside, our boys roll millions of flakes into a snow fort. I read the passage, one I remember from the musty basement of the Knox Presbyterian Church Sunday school. I think I know this one. Jesus restores ten lepers to wholeness. And only one returns

It’s All About Jesus

Several years ago, I spent quite a lot of time going in and out of South Sudan during the decades-long civil war that ravaged the nation and its people. I took part in different missions to deliver much-needed food and lifesaving medicine and to encourage the local Christians as we preached the gospel whenever we could. These experiences

Giving Thanks Forever

So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, will give You thanks forever; we will show forth Your praise to all generations. — Psalm 79:13 As one of the “sheep of Your pasture,” Shepherd God, I am blessed each day by Your protection, provision, guidance, and love. When I fall down, You pick me up. When I

Thankful or Self-Entitled? Raising Kids Who Show Gratitude

Children adept at offering timely and authentic thanks demonstrate rich character and along the way exude an almost magnetic charm. It is not surprising that people prefer to engage with kids who freely recognize and appreciate efforts made on their behalf, especially when compared with children straitjacketed by self-entitlement. Picture your family: Which description applies

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