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Choosing GRATEFULNESS over GREED by kathrynegly
November 6, 2008, 3:10 pm
Filed under: Orchard Kids

Gratitude = Thankfulness + Action

Here are 6 practical ways to help your children be grateful, not greedy!

1. Don’t say yes to everything your child wants! If you give too much, they won’t appreciate what they have and can become ungrateful.  Show them how to earn money, save it and spend WISELY!

2. Cultivate thanksgiving in prayer and encourage your children to do the same. Find things to THANK God for, rather than just spending all your prayer time ASKING for things.

3. At dinnertime ask each person to share something he or she is thankful for.

4. Avoid trying to “keeping up with the Jones” (and I don’t mean the Mike Joneses). Remember, more is caught than taught!

5. Serve together as a family. At Hesed House, at The Orchard, at a nursing home, on a missions trip, or at the Christmas Toy Drive.

6. Teach your children that God’s blessings don’t always include “STUFF” :)! There will always be families with more STUFF, but that doesn’t mean that they are more BLESSED!

How does your family chooses gratitude over greed?

Posted by Kathryn Egly


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Right on!!! Materialism is overrated!!

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