Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch
I like that Kristen spends a lot of time helping parents develop a healthy mindset. She points out that gratefulness is often learned by example. She also reminds us that "often our kids don't need more stuff or more freedom; they just need more of us." This journey begins with parents recognizing that we need to develop a healthy perspective - one that goes against the flow of today's culture.
There are many stories shared on these pages, both of parenting successes and of failures that can be learned from. I felt encouraged and affirmed in some areas of parenting, and also got some new ideas I can implement in the future! Hearing about the failures was helpful too because it reminds me that we're all in the struggle together. I like that at the end of each chapter there is a Going Against the Flow section which highlights key points for parents and provides a few practical age appropriate suggestions for toddlers/preschoolers, elementary, and tween/teens.
There are discussion questions included at the end of the book. I think this would be a great book for a small group of mothers to read and discuss together. This calling of motherhood is no easy task, but reading books like this one can help give a little encouragement and wisdom for the journey.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review.