We live in a time and place where it can be very difficult to overcome materialistic entitlement, especially for children. We have already talked about how to raise internally motivated children and today we are going to discuss this topic of materialistic entitlement. Not only are adults feeling entitled, but children are dealing with materialistic entitlement issues as well. If you have a child who thinks they are entitled to items at their discretion, there is a way to turn around their mindset!
HELP YOUR CHILD OVERCOME MATERIALISTIC ENTITLEMENT
DON’T GIVE IN
One of the biggest reasons a child feels entitled to whatever they want is because their parents or adults in their lives, don’t or won’t say no. No matter how many words are cast towards you, how big a fight it causes, or how hard it may be, don’t give in and let your your child get whatever they want.
Children of all ages need to understand the value in work. If you want to help your child overcome materialistic entitlement, give them responsibility. Have your child help you wash the dishes and complete household chores, remind them that they need to learn the skills to be on their own one day. Encourage your older children to volunteer to help a senior or have them get a part time job.
TEACH THEM HOW TO SAVE
With the ease of a credit card, adults and children are able to get what they want with the swipe of a card. Teach your child how to save for what they want. If they want a new cell phone, have them save until they have the money to get it. This not only teaches work ethic, but also how to manage money.
The world is beautiful, but many kids unfortunately don’t see the beauty in what is right outside our window. Encourage your child to see the beauty in the trees; the beauty in the sunset; and the beauty in the simple things of life. Teach your child that relationships, experiences, and love are all more important than materialistic items you can’t take with you when you pass on. Encourage them to find happiness in these relationships and experiences.
Does your child struggle with materialistic entitlement? How do you think parents should tackle this issue? Please share thoughts and questions in the comments below!
Be sure to check out the books The Entitlement Trap and Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement.
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