“But so-and-so has one.” “It’s all your fault.” “That’s not fair.” As moms, we’ve all heard these dramatic declarations on occasion–often at full volume and packaged in tears. But while in their immaturity, kids can be prone to selfishness, if left unchecked these self-seeking desires can morph into an unholy trinity of Me, Myself, and I.
Today, we’re chatting about curbing this “self” epidemic prevalent in our culture in adults and kids alike. Some folks would call this me-first attitude “privileged.” Others might use the word “spoiled.” But for the sake of this conversation, they’ll use the word “entitled.”
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“There’s a deep selfishness that manifests in our constant need for entertainment.”Kate Battistelli
Mentioned in this episode:
“I really learned to love God for who He is, not what He gives. If He doesn’t give me another thing in my life, He’s still enough.”Kate Battistelli
Three questions to ask to curb entitlement:
- What is motivating me?
- Why do I want to do this?
- Why do I want this item?
“If anyone was entitled to anything, wouldn’t it have been Jesus? But He gave up that right. For us to think we’re entitled is to exalt ourselves above Him.”September McCarthy
- Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitles World by Kristen Welch
- Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma
- Growing Grateful Kids by Susie Larson
“If you are fulfilling your child’s every need and want, when will they ever learn to rely on Jesus to do that for them.”Jamie Erickson