“You can’t get spoiled if you do your own ironing.” ~ Meryl Streep
Although my husband and I don’t have children yet, I certainly saw my share of spoiled, entitled kids during my teaching career and the consequences of their parents always giving them what they want. This is a dangerous mentality for a child to possess as the real world is not so accommodating. And it’s a mindset I hope my future children will never have.
In her book, Money Secrets of the Amish, author Lorilee Craker offers some advice to help your children learn the true value of self-control and understand that it’s okay when you don’t get everything you want. Here’s her 6-step de-spoiling plan:
1. Teach them to be content with what they have.
2. Demonstrate how to look for good deals and free forms of entertainment.
3. Help them identify the difference between a want and a need.
4. Say no with some consistency.
5. Promote delayed gratification in your household.
6. Teach them to value hard work and even appreciate it.
What do you do to keep your kids from becoming spoiled? If your kids are grown, what evidences do you see that the things you did to teach them to be thankful and content have paid off?