Today's children have a demanding nature. Every other commercial on television is for some gadget or gizmo and most busy parents give into their children's desires as a way of showing their affection or simply a way to keep the children busy. From video games to computers, children have a lot of stuff. As a result, they are developing a sense of entitlement that is changing the future generation. In fact, these young individuals have already been dubbed as the 'entitlement generation', proving that they have made an impression on everyone with their 'gimme' attitudes.
How, in a world where everyone seems to get what they want exactly when they want it, do you keep your children grateful, humble, and grounded? It can be difficult as a Christian to make sure that your children don't become wrapped up in material possessions, but there are things that you can do to help. A simple foundation in the teachings of Christ will start them off on the right foot. You need to teach your children that they don't get everything that they want, nor do they need it. When they do get gifts, you should make sure that they are relevant to the occasion.
Humility and gratefulness are two things that you need to instill very young. Children will see their peers getting spoiled and they will see the world working to give everyone what they need when they need it. In the instant gratification society that we live in, it's all about making your children understand that they are here to serve the world, not the other way around. Servitude is a basic element of Christianity and when you raise children who are servants of the Lord, you will find that you have fewer issues with children being ungrateful or feeling entitled to anything that the world has to offer.
In a time when everyone seems to be taking everything for granted, your foundation in Christ is what will make the difference n your children's appreciation for life and all that they are given. Teach them how to live a Christ-centered life and that there are more important things in life than what they own. Make sure that you empower them to be hard-working, responsible individuals who want to serve the Lord and the world around them. It's definitely not as easy as it used to be, but you can keep your children grateful and grounded if you use your faith.
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