Childhood overindulgence leads to:
- being unhappy
- being ungrateful
- the inability to delay gratification
- an increase in materialistic values
Participants who were not overindulged reported that they:
- learned to appreciate the people in their lives and the sacrifices that they made for them
- learned the true value of “things" and what it means to earn them
- felt grateful for the abundance in their lives and appreciated the people who made sacrifices for them.
- learned what it means to earn something
Tips for Avoiding Overindulgence and Teaching Gratitude
- Model gratitude. Show them how to do gratitude daily.
- Teach your children to say “thank you.”
- Give them less.
- Encourage them to reflect on the people in their lives and what they have done for them. Have them count their blessings.
- Require children to earn some things.
- Assign chores to your children.
Don’t be too critical towards your child’s exploration of the Internet. Children may come across adult material by accident on the web. Also, a child may intentionally search for such websites; remember that it is natural for children to be curious about off-limits material. Try to use this as an opening to discuss the content with them, and perhaps make rules for this kind of activity. Be realistic in your assessment of how your child uses the internet.
The Challenge of Raising A Grateful Child