This seems to be the week for reposts, but I found this article from February 2010 and thought it had some good points to ponder.
“But I want it!”
How many times have you heard this refrain? Children seem to want everything and then some!
It’s tempting to give in to our children’s desires because we love them, and let’s be honest, sometimes we just want them to be quiet. But is it possible to give them too much?
I believe it is, so I engage in what Amy Dacyczyn (pronounced “decision”), author of the Tightwad Gazette calls “Creative Deprivation.”
Amy’s theory is that by giving our children everything they want, they become immune to the thrill of receiving a gift, and they require more impressive gifts and/or entertainment to feel the same appreciation. To avoid this “immunity” she carefully chooses the activities in which her family participates.
For example, she doesn’t take her children out for ice cream every week, but saves that treat for a special occasion. Her children are therefore much more grateful and whine less because they know the answer is going to be “no”.
One of my concerns in training my own children is developing their character rather than feeding their self-esteem at all costs. Yes, I enjoy giving them things, but I don’t give them everything they want.
What kind of employee or spouse will they be if I allow them to have everything they ask for and they never have to work for anything? Adults who believe that everything should be given to them tend not to be successful in life, or pleasant to be around.
The next time your child whines for something think about this: Is my child’s character more important or their immediate happiness? It may be tough to say no, but it’s so worth it. Their future is at stake.
For more help with whining, check out Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child’s Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 Days by Dr. Kevin Leman.
You might also enjoy reading this article from Simple Kids.net.
What do you think–can you give your child too much?
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