Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life's Biggest Yes
Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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Publisher's Summary

"But everyone else has it." "If you loved me, you'd get it for me!" When you hear these comments from your kids, it can be tough not to cave. You love your children - don't you want them to be happy and to fit in?

Kristen Welch knows firsthand that it's not that easy. In fact she's found out that when you say yes too often, it's not only hard on your peace of mind and your wallet - it actually puts your kids at long-term risk.

In Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen shares the ups and downs in her own family's journey of discovering why it's healthiest not to give one's kids everything. Teaching them the difference between "want" and "need" is the first step in the right direction. With many practical tips and anecdotes, she shares how to help kids become hardworking, fulfilled, and successful adults.

©2015 Kristen Welch (P)2016 Tantor

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Enlightening

I found myself nodding my head a lot with what she was saying. I've changed a few things in my household since reading this book. I've gone back to attending church regularly as well. If you don't want to read or hear about bible stories or bible verses, don't buy this book.

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No real information on gratitude

This book is great if you want to reaffirm the value of your Christian faith where it pertains to your kids, but if you're looking for real insights into how children can be taught gratitude in a world that promotes entitlement this isn't the book for you.

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A bible lesson. Not a parenting lesson.

I was extremely disappointed that this book is more about Bible lessons and her individual experiences than something that could be relevantly applied to those of different belief systems.

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Good read

Great anecdotals and suggestions. I definitely needed some ideas to help with establishing a countercultural approach to parenting.

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A must read for parents!

I loved this book. I bought it in hopes of parenting our 3 young children more effectively, but I quickly realized it needs to start with me, and I needed to do a lot of changes in myself first. It's very well written, very informative, and I would even say life-changing. I'm Christian, like the author, and I really liked how our values are the same and I have the same desires for my home as she does for hers. A must read.

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Horrible!!

I wanted to stop listening at chapter 2 but thought maybe it would get better, it did not. If you are wanting to raise judgemental brainwashed sheep than read this book. If you are hoping to raise kind true Christians, This book is not for you!

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I really wanted to like it

I really want to think the previous review were a bit harsh. However this book is written like a research paper and then gets pretty naggy. At some point I think they lost sight of the title of the bookie poorly titled. It started out ok and the author does mention it's not a how to buy a shared experience. But most of the points I enjoyed and felt were on topic were quoted from another book.

One example is when she is talking about her child not want to compromise their morals by what they were reading in school and then goes into a talk about people's sexuality. Not saying I don't share her Christian views but not really what I was expecting to read considering the title.

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This was so me!!!

Such an awesome book. I really learned so much as if it was written for me. I'd recommend it to any parent!!!👍🏼😊

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Conservative Christian Parenting Book

This is a conservative Christian parenting book. While I found it to be interesting I would have liked to know this before I bought it.

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Misleading

The description didn't mention religion at all yet this is the main premise of the book. The author also had a number of contradictions in message that were frustrating to listen to (for example Christian children have it rough because they are "different" which she encourages, but differences that others have (Caitlin Jenner for example) are weird and not to be tolerated. Another example is that punishments for bad behavior should not involve depriving children of their spiritual community yet she also described taking away youth group field trips as punishment. She seems to equate gratefulness exclusively with Christianity (which I believe is pretty narrow minded)

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  • 10-04-18

Not about raising grateful children

I was struggling a little with the focus on Christianity in this book simply because it didn't relate to me, but was interested in the topic so decided to keep listening. Unfortunately the writer described viewing a same sex couple on tv as a damaging experience for a child and I had to stop there. The topic of this book (entitlement) is great but the writer steers away from it after the first hour and towards her more general wishes for her children. Even without the homophobia I wouldn't recommend this book since it's really just a collection of thoughts about raising children, backed up with bible scripture rather than any research, and not a book about raising grateful children.

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  • Colin Campbell
  • 10-21-19

Excellent book

Real eye opener about how we have contributed to the entitled view of our children

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  • caz
  • 05-12-17

Excellent take -away parenting tools

I thoroughly loved listening to his book. It has given me lots of food for thought re my own parenting journey. So appreciate Kristen's honesty and transparency.