As a mother there are so many things I struggle with and feel like I am failing at, but none more than teaching your child how to be thankful. I have been through hell and back with my oldest daughter on being thankful for what she has. She is starting to throw major shade at me for EVERYTHING! Some examples are:
~after making a nice big breakfast for them and making her favorite cinnamon rolls, she comes in and the first thing she says is “why is hers bigger?” Not a thank you mom, or this looks good mom….NOTHING…
~while opening gifts for Christmas she says “Are clothes all I am gonna get?” Not thank you for the clothes I saw and said I wanted…or wow these are so cute…
~my favorite is when she says “I am so bored…” So I tell her to go to the basement and play since she has a whole playroom in the basement and she throws a fit.
These are just a few examples, and every time she says these things we talk about all the kids that would have loved to just open 1 gift for Christmas…or those same children who won’t even get to eat breakfast that day. I just feel like my words go right through and don’t stick. How as a mother can you teach thankfulness? I have no answers for this and am sick of all the research on it. I have taken things away, and sure it helps for a day or two…but then right back to square one.
I have prayed so hard about needing the wisdom to raise these girls in the right path and teach them morals…but it is so hard when they constantly have everything at their fingertips. Children now a days have such an entitlement attitude, and it is so hard to balance rewarding them with gifts and giving them to much. As a mom, I want to give them everything I didn’t have, but teach them how blessed they truly are. This is something I feel like I am failing at.
Any advice I would love to hear in the comments!!