Maybe they start to feel a bit entitled. Or a bit deprived. Or a bit of both.
Either way, that is not something I care to live with for 1/12 of my year x 3 kids for the rest of my life. No, thank you!
Here’s a few ways I’ve discovered to help kick ungratefulness to the curb.
1. Can the commercials
If you can’t can the commercials, make sure you’re around when they’re watching TV. Draw their attention to commercials. Back when my husband and I watched good ol’ cable tv together, we would try to analyze how they were manipulating us to want something. Even just saying to your kids, “oh, I hear a commercial! What are they trying to sell us this time?” will help draw your children’s attention to the fact that this is something that is intended to make us want something we don’t need.
2. Give gifts to others
3. Draw attention to what they already have
So far it’s just been something we talk about once every few days, but I plan to use it anytime they start asking for things/movies/candy this Christmas. I’m gonna whip out that sucker like it’s an anti-ungratefulness weapon and shoot the ingratitude attitude straight out of the house. (Well, that’s the hope anyway! The reality might be a little slower.)
I realize that in the end, it’s God that changes our hearts, not what we watch (or don’t watch), serving others, or even listing our gifts. But it’s these habits that help us tune into God’s heart for us, helping us draw closer to him so that he can change our attitudes.
That said, I would LOVE to hear what you’ve done to kick the ingratitude attitude out of your home, especially around Christmas!
Comment, send me an email, or write me a singing telegram, I am always looking for ways to move us from ingratitude attitude into an attitude of gratitude (sorry, too much “attitude”? I’m done now…)