You know how you tell your kid no and she texts back "Fine"....No? Just me? Raising Grateful Kids by Kristen Welch of We are THAT family is not just a parenting book on how to raise grateful kids...it's an I'm here in the trenches with you and isn't life hard sometimes and where did my kids learn to be so entitled because I'm not entitled and honey, when are you going to buy me a new car? kind of book. Kristen shares her still in progress parenting journey in a unique way that will make you laugh, cry, nod in agreement, it will convict and inspire you and you'll finish it knowing you are not running this race alone and one failure does not a bad parent make. She shares ideas and strategies for not only teaching gratefulness, but modeling it as a parent. Reminding each of us that its never too late to instill gratefulness...both in our own lives and in our kids. If you only read one parenting book, read this one! I was fortunate enough to be on the launch team and received an advanced copy and I've already ordered more copies to share with friends!
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!
"Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World" is an encouraging and convicting book that will challenge how you parent your children, but even more so, it will cause you to examine your own heart and the ugly entitlement that might - possibly...maybe...probably - live there. Kristen shares from her experience and her heart about her triumphs and her own struggles in parenting, coming alongside to encourage the reader and say, "me, too," and not "you should always" or "you must." She confesses that she is still learning, but she freely gives from what she has already learned. While I love the many, many take-aways and quotables from this book, the true mark of a great book is when it makes a change in you and when you can easily apply its lessons to your life and in your family. This is one of those books! It is a must-read for every parent, grandparent, parent-to-be, and anyone who wants to help this next generation be more grateful and less entitled. *Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for the advanced reader copy. My opinions and review are based solely on my enjoyment of the book.
If you desire to parent against the flow, to raise your kids to be different from what our culture is telling them they must do or be, but you feel alone in the journey and struggle to know HOW, this is definitely the book for you! In Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen Welch shares stories of her own parenting experiences right from the trenches. Her conversational, often humorous, writing style makes for an easy read, as she maps out how her family is going about swimming upstream from our entitled culture. I love how at the end of each chapter Kristen shares practical, applicable ideas, broken down by age group from preschoolers to teens, to help her readers implement the same strategies that have worked for her family. This book is a must-have parenting resource that you can refer to again and again for years to come! I highly recommend it! *I received a complimentary copy of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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.
&lsquoWe are THAT family’. It’s a blog that caught my eye about a year ago and since then I’ve enjoyed reading blogger Kristen Welch’s real accounts of the ups and downs of family life. Because we are THAT family too. You know, the ones that lose library books and have hairbrush, sock and pyjama monsters in our house. So when this book became available for review, I jumped at the chance to review it. How to move children from entitlement to gratitude is such a key issue for our generation. We all know that children today often have so much. As a parent of three children I struggle to get the balance right between giving my children opportunities but not spoiling them on the other hand. This is such a thought-provoking topic, and a timely one too, being Christmastime and all. See more here: http://latteslacedwithgrace.com/2015/12/17/raising-grateful-kids-in-an-entitled-world-by-kristen-welch-a-book-review/
Rearing children in our contemporary culture is difficult, but rearing grateful children is even harder. In Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen Welch gives solid practical advice. Grateful children become responsible adults. I highly recommend this book.
Parents today fight what seems like a never-ending battle against the current of the culture in raising our children. In Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen not only inspires us to raise our children differently, but she teaches us how to actually live that out in our homes. So very practical and convicting. A must-read!
In this fast-paced, instant gratification culture, Kristen’s countercultural message of selflessness and gratitude is much needed! This book left me convicted, challenged, and encouraged, both personally and as a parent.
I absolutely love this book. Kristen unearths the heart issue of why many children are selfish and unaware of the needs of others. Her words engage, inspire, and instruct parents in raising emotionally strong, healthy children who are grateful in the important moments of life.
I can’t think of anyone I would trust more than Kristen to teach on this topic. She’s made her entire life a testimony to doing this well, and everyone who reads this book will be inspired by her story, her heart, her wisdom, and her love of the Lord.
Kristen’s words are so timely, and I am thankful for her hard-fought wisdom. I am all ears whenever Kristen writes because she just gets it, and it was no different with this book. If you’re looking for support and practical ideas on how to raise grateful kids in an increasingly entitled world, this book is a must-read.