“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV)

  1. Be the “thankful” person you want your child to become.  Children love to imitate their parents.
  2. Commit acts of gratitude to overcome a critical attitude. Cynicism kills our sense of wonder.
  3. Demonstrate and verbalize your thankfulness for your child.  Don’t keep it a secret!  (see #4 below)
  4. Remember that parenting is stewardship, not ownership.  Parents who demonstrate reliance upon God teach their kids to do the same.  (see #3 above)
  5. Allow your children to experience the rewards of hard work, receiving the fruit of their labor.
  6. Help your kids distinguish between needs and wants.  (see #7 below)
  7. Don’t allow your child to be bombarded by media and advertising.  (see #6 above)
  8. Demonstrate grace and mercy in your relationships, especially with your children.  Teach by example the virtue of valuing others.
  9. Don’t compare your children to one another.  Celebrating uniqueness and diversity can be constructive.  Making one child feel taller by making the other feel smaller is destructive.
  10. Be a promise-keeper.  Trustworthiness instills a proper sense of expectation.  Remember, expectations minus reality equals disappointment.  Disappointment can lead to ingratitude.

© 2015 by Randy Carlson

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