Absolutely hands down one of the BEST parenting books I've read thus far. And you know what? I don't think only parents of littles will enjoy this book. It is seriously a book EVERYONE could benefit from reading it. Kristen not only has some awesome stories of her own to share but she makes it clear that she still doesn't have it all figured out. That we are ALL in this together. CONVICTION CONVICTION CONVICTION in the BEST possible way. In today's world we need more parents who are coming together and vowing to fight our hardest to raise kids going upstream instead of going along with the rest of society. Do yourself a favor and dive into this amazingly awesome read. You WON'T regret it!
Phenomenal!! Kristen pens a fresh, needed word for today to ALL parents and grandparents. Having raised 4 daughters and now a Nana to 7 (and more coming), it is hard on me when I look around and see grandparents doting on their grandkids. Now, I do not mean special times and treats and unconditional love lavished on them! That is our job! But when I see them desire to be the "perfect" grandparent and dote and give in to every whim and fancy of the grandkids I deeply cringe. Don't we want more for these precious ones?
Until I read Kristins book, I had not realized the ugly hold entitlement has in our culture. I could not have given a name to the many things I see that grieve me. I see now, the GRATEFULNESS that has always been so important to me, is a huge key in the fight against so much of what goes on around us. As Kristin says: When entitlement begins to infect our hearts, gratitude is the answer.
Want to do something LIFE CHANGING for your kids and grandkids . . . begin them on a life of gratitude. Read this book and YOU and your family will never be the same!!
Listen. As parents, we have precious little time to read anything besides bedtime stories and progress reports. Even as my children have grown, reading something for enrichment or-- gasp!-- pleasure just still seems beyond the realm of possible in the very dailyness of existence.
But. This. Book.
It is worth the few minutes you can eek out everyday-- even if that means shutting yourself in the bathroom for a little longer than usual! Kristen speaks from experience, and with a voice that makes it clear the struggle is still very real for her. She comes along side with encouragement, intentionality, and biblical truth.
We all want to be grateful. We all want our kids to be grateful. Too often our vision for life, and our reality collide in a painful, messy, "no-hope-for-recovery" kind of way. In this book, Kristen gently pulls the pieces of brokenness together and stitches them together with hope.
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World is full of funny, poignant narratives from Kristen's own experiences. That makes it entertaining.
It is also full of tangible, practical ways to live gratefully and teach gratitude to our children. That makes it useful.
Kristen yearns to share her wisdom in how saying "no" can lead to the biggest "yes" in our lives. Say "yes" to this book. Buy it for yourself, your friends, sisters. Making gratitude a priority, swimming upstream in this "me, me, me" "more, more, more" culture, is tough. But, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World shows how doing the hard work, making the hard decisions will make an impact on your family.and our world.
As we stand facing a new year, contemplating resolutions for improvement, choose to be better at gratitude. You'll be forever thankful you picked up this book!
Growing up my house was a comfortable one, meaning that we didn't go without, but we didn't have an abundance either. I learned the difference between needs and wants. When it came to my own children, I wanted to give them the world. All bets were off and I "needed" to give them everything they wanted. Fortunately, I didn't have the means to carry that out, and along the way I've been tempered by the lifestyle we have chosen to lead. Disaster averted.
In her new book, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen Welch has really written a message of hope to us parents in the midst of realizing that we want to set the world at our children's feet, but we really shouldn't. My six children range in age from 22 to 6 years old and I've got to say that picking up a parenting book and gleaning something from it at this stage of my life is rare. Not that I've got it all together, mind you, I'm still in the midst of the battle. But I've learned a lot since i brought home my first baby 22 years ago and I'm still gaining insight on how to raise these rewards of the Lord. Kristen's book is refreshing for me because she is right there in the trenches as well. Still raising her children, and so she retains that perspective. Her insights are fresh and raw and still growing.
There were moments in the book that I remembered from past struggles and some that touched the place where I find myself now. Reminding myself to really stop and listen to my kids is probably my hardest struggle. Not that I don't hear them, they tend to have a way of making their voices audible to me. What I mean is shutting down my mommy sensors for a minute and stepping into my child's world and looking at the situation from his or her perspective.
Whether you are a new mommy or a veteran, this book is chock full of encouragement, hope, guidance and perspective. Grateful kids don't just happen, they must be shown through their parents how to live a life of gratitude. This book is an amazing tool for the journey.
I very much enjoyed reading this new book by Kristen Welch. I knew that Raising Grateful Kids would be an excellent book, but it exceeded my expectations!
In the introduction of Raising Grateful Kids Kristen says, This book is my confessional. Its a record of our journey of attempting to raise grateful kids instead of entitled ones. Its the ups and downs, the defeats and victories of such a difficult task. Its my unfinished story. Its also a history lesson from the past, a cultural lesson for the present, and a daunting challenge to learn from one and overcome the second. But mostly, this book is an encouragement to parents swimming upstream in a society that demands we do what is culturally accepted.
Raising Grateful Kids is filled with words of wisdom and practical advice based on Kristens personal experience and research. Kristen is very humble and real in this book. She doesnt claim to be an expert or to do everything perfectly. She shares stories of their mistakes and failures and what works for their family. She comes alongside the reader as a friend who is in the thick of parenting and making hard choices.
Kristen does a great job of giving practical advice for raising our children to be grateful despite the entitled culture we have in America. At the end of each chapter, she shares specific ideas of ways we can live counter-cultural lives, be grateful, and serve Christ.
This is a helpful book for any parent seeking to raise their children to be grateful, Christ-followers in a world that wants to teach us that it is all about having more. Whether you are dealing with heart attitudes of wanting more, or are needing to make big changes in your family to move away from living an entitled life, this book will be encouraging and helpful.
I received a copy of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network. All opinions are my own.