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How to Raise Non-Entitled Children

When your kids are young, oftentimes they tend to believe that everything should be handed out to them. 

In today’s world, many things are accessible to your children right at their fingertips, and being helicopter parents don’t necessarily help. However, this isn’t good for their future success in the world of business and legacy building. 

Why is it important for you to have non-entitled children?

This is a question that many parents find themselves pondering when their kids get older. When we provide our kids with everything they need immediately, we’re actually robbing them of developing their own skills necessary to be independent.  

How do I teach my kids that money should be earned, and not handed out?

In the video above, Gaye Christiansen explains how she became accustomed to working hard growing up on a dairy farm. And while it felt “tough”, she really valued the work ethic it instilled in her as a child:

“You know, it was, it was tough. But now that I look back, I am so grateful that we had that opportunity. It taught me that if you need something, you can figure out a way to get it. You can go work a little harder, you can go find a job, you can go sell pixie sticks, or whatever it is.”

It turned Gaye and her siblings into productive people who wanted to create a life for themselves. Not only did it impact productivity, but it showed the lesson of resilience, no matter what life throws their way. 

That’s what we want for our kids, isn’t it?

When it comes to raising children, it’s like a continuous cycle; we are the result of how we are raised, and we continue to pass these values to our children. Entitled children don’t think they should have to work for the privilege to acquire what they want or need — they often ask themselves “why should I work if I can get everything handed to me?” 

How would you feel if you found out your children were asking themselves that same question?

As Gaye Christiansen points out:

“Life isn’t that way, it doesn’t just get handed to you.”

As parents, it’s our responsibility to teach our kids independence. Mom is not always going to do your laundry, and Dad isn’t always going to be there to make dinner. It’s so important that they understand what they need to do to progress their life forward. These things are not going to be done for them.

Hard Work Pays Off

To start practicing the values of raising non-entitled children, here are some simple tips you can use to instill the values of humility, appreciation, unassuming children to be proud of:

1. Teach your children to do chores around the house. This one is pretty simple, but it will teach them tons of independence and daily habits.

2. Have a savings account for each child. Have them put away money every month to teach them the value of money when they’re young.

3. Utilize Charity. Encourage your kids to give their old clothes and toys, or unused objects to charity instead of throwing them out. After all, sharing is caring! If they’re no longer using it, another family may find value in it. 

4. Give your children school-based and effort rewards. This incentivizes them to stay motivated and focused with positive reinforcement.

5. It’s okay to say no! As the Rolling Stones say, you can’t always get what you want. If you say “no” once in a while, it’s not the end of the world! If you say “yes” to everything, this can be the number one cause for raising entitled children.

Now, we know it’s easier said than done. Raising raise non-entitled children is TOUGH. But setting family values, being independent, and supporting when needed will help you immensely in creating a strong family.

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