When you are a parent, there are many character traits that you want to grow in your children. Raising grateful kids has been an important part of my parenting, but I am also seeing that it can be a great challenge. From the very beginning, kids are constantly bombarded with the mindset to consume and have more.
In some ways, it feels like a battlefield as we are fighting against the typical American mentality. Personally, I have seen our family slip into the consuming habits and it is extremely hard to combat and overcome, but I believe that it is possible.
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Over the past year, I have seen my children’s creativity blossom. Towards the beginning of last summer, my kids were seeming extremely bored. I wore myself out trying to fill their time with countless games and activities and yet the boredom remained. One evening, I was texting a friend and commented on how frustrating it was that the kids were so bored. She encouraged me with the following words:
“It is okay for kids to feel boredom. In fact it is really good for them.”
Her simple statement gave me such freedom as a mom.
Gone was my guilt over needing to fill every waking minute of their lives with the perfect learning moment. Gone was the stress and the overwhelm and in entered freedom.
The weeks that followed that moment, I saw creativity blossom in my kids as I allowed them to be bored. . Forts were made, pirate ships constructed, and the imagination soared. Naturally, it was a transition, but the more opportunities, I gave them, the more they created.
Some days we had a planned activity or outing and other days we planned nothing. After reading the following quote from Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes by Kristen Welch, I became even more passionate about this idea of accepting boredom.
Accept that freedom, mamas. Boredom is okay for your kids. It is time to let go of the obsessive need to fill every waking minute of our children’s lives with activities. It is time to give our kids the gift of boredom so they can create.
Today, I am joining up with other encouraging writers as we all share our thoughts on Raising Grateful Kids. Make sure and check out the great posts below!
Inspiring an Attitude of Gratitude – by Alison
Rasisng Grateful Kids – by amanda
Why You Can’t Buy Gratitude At The Dollar Store – by Andrea
Missing – Gratefulness in our home – by Ange
Choosing Gratitude – by Angela
Gratefullness – by chaley
5 Steps to Gratitude-Fille Family – by Christa
Practicing Grateful Parenting – by Dana
Sing a Song – by Hannah
Cultivating gratitude in our family – by Jamie
Gratefulness In Our Home – by Jana
Gratefulness In Our Home – by Jana
Let It Begin With Me – by Jen
Choosing Gratefulness – by Jennifer
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World – The Book – by jeri
Eradicating Entitlement – What are you rooted in? – by Jessica
Gratefulness in our home – by Kate
The Problem With Entitlement is that it begins with us – by Katelyn
7 Unusual Ways I Know How to Be Grateful – by Kathryn
Raising Grateful Kids – by Keri
How My Children Remind Me to Pray with Gratitude – by Kishona
Grateful – by Kristy
Entitlement: The Ugly Truth of a Beautiful Lie – by Leigha
The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Raise Grateful Kids – by Lindsey
Dear Son: How Do I Teach You To Be Grateful Without Guilt? – by Marie Osborne
Gratitude, A Practical Definition – by Mia
Cultivating Gratitude in Our Home – by Nancy
Learning Gratitude through Chronic Illness – by Rachel
Being Grateful – by Rebecca
I’ve Found Something I Can’t Live Without – by Sarah
The Power of Naming our Gifts – by Sarah
Outfitted – by Sarah Jo
Growing Gratitude in our Family – by Sondra
Teaching Gratefulness – by Stephanie
How Grateful Looks From Here – by Alison
Fighting Entitlement in Children and All of us – by Leah
Entitlement Problem – by Karrie
Grateful Today – by Krystal
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