Monday, February 1, 2016

Collect moments not things {Raising Grateful Kids}



I saw this quote the other day  "Collect moments, not things" and it really resonated with me. As an adult I don't remember all the toys I had growing up, but I do remember the moments spent with my family and friends. Those memories are what I cherish the most, even the smallest moments like riding bikes and eating popsicles. That's what I want my kids to remember...the moments... not things that they had.






I work full-time and the girls go to their dad's house every other weekend, so I try to make the most of the time we have together during weekends I have them. Some of our favorite things to do are find new local parks where the girls can play or going camping at one of the nearby state parks. In the quite moments on the way home from whatever adventure we had, big or small, The girls like to talk about their favorite part of the day. Most of the time, they tell me "Thank you Mommy for taking me there today".  This is especially true with my almost six-year-old. At random moments, she will say "Mommy?  Do you remember the other day when we...? Thank you for taking me there or doing that with me."  These are the moments they remember, the moments we engage with them.

It's hard to say no to your kids when they ask for something. Just remember their happiness with whatever "thing" they had to have is usually short-lived. That's why I say NO to things and YES to moments.They won't admit it, and most of the time they don't even know it, but our children really just want us to spend time with them rather than buying them stuff.



Tweet: Maybe if we raise them to be grateful, they will realize that even though they want the latest gadgets and toys, they don't need them. Maybe if we raise them to be grateful, they will realize that even though they want the latest gadgets and toys, they don't need them. 

 
I have been reading Raising Grateful Kids in an entitled world. I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to serve on the launch team for the book.




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Download the Raising Grateful Kids Journal (pictured above that goes along with each chapter) for free. - See more at: http://wearethatfamily.com/2016/01/this-is-why-parenting-is-so-hard/#sthash.IDxu6biF.dpuf
Download the Raising Grateful Kids Journal (pictured above that goes along with each chapter) for free. - See more at: http://wearethatfamily.com/2016/01/this-is-why-parenting-is-so-hard/#sthash.IDxu6biF.dpuf
Download the Raising Grateful Kids Journal (pictured above that goes along with each chapter) for free. - See more at: http://wearethatfamily.com/2016/01/this-is-why-parenting-is-so-hard/#sthash.IDxu6biF.dpuf
Download the Raising Grateful Kids Journal (pictured above that goes along with each chapter) for free. - See more at: http://wearethatfamily.com/2016/01/this-is-why-parenting-is-so-hard/#sthash.IDxu6biF.dpuf
Kristen Welch knows firsthand 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 their 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.

It’s never too late to raise grateful kids. Get ready to cultivate a spirit of genuine appreciation in your family and create a home in which your kids don’t just say—but mean!—“thank you” for everything they have.

 

http://raisinggratefulkids.com/


Download the Raising Grateful Kids Journal (pictured above that goes along with each chapter) for free. - See more at: http://wearethatfamily.com/2016/01/this-is-why-parenting-is-so-hard/#sthash.IDxu6biF.dpuf
Download the Raising Grateful Kids Journal (pictured above that goes along with each chapter) for free. - See more at: http://wearethatfamily.com/2016/01/this-is-why-parenting-is-so-hard/#sthash.IDxu6biF.dpuf
Download the Raising Grateful Kids Journal (pictured above that goes along with each chapter) for free. - See more at: http://wearethatfamily.com/2016/01/this-is-why-parenting-is-so-hard/#sthash.IDxu6biF.dpuf
Download the Raising Grateful Kids Journal (pictured above that goes along with each chapter) for free. - See more at: http://wearethatfamily.com/2016/01/this-is-why-parenting-is-so-hard/#sthash.IDxu6biF.dpu
To go along with the book there is a Raising Grateful Kids Journal. Download your Free copy here!