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Don’t Steal from Your Kids by Giving Them too Much

I know a loving mom who does just about everything to make sure her kids are happy every second of the day. If there isn’t the type of food they like in the fridge, she runs to the store to buy it. Whenever the newest electronic device comes out, she makes sure they’re the first to own it.

Of course, she refrains from requiring any chores out of them, because she knows they work hard at school. Besides, it upsets them when she asks them to help.

Unfortunately, and unintentionally, mom is stealing from her children. They are two of the most miserable human beings on earth. They walk around; actually they sit around most of the time, with scowls on their faces. Because mom has stolen their self-esteem and gotten them hooked on stuff, nothing seems to bring happiness or contentment. Everything is “stupid” or “boring.”

When we train our kids to believe that getting stuff is the key to happiness, might we be stealing their lifelong joy and sense of fulfillment? In our CD, From Innocence to Entitlement, we teach that true contentment comes from earning things rather than being showered with them.

To protect your children from this type of insidious theft, experiment with the following:

  • The next time your child wants something, ask, “How do you think you might earn that?”
  • Instead of taking on the problem of affording the item, say, “You may have that as soon as you can afford it.”
  • Give them some ideas about how they might earn the required cash, and give yourself a pat on the back for not giving in.
  • Notice how proud they are when they earn things through good old-fashioned perspiration.
[Jim Fay]

Up There

An architect dreams of designing skyscrapers, but is assigned to draw mud huts.

A composer yearns to write symphonies, but is hired only to pen beer commercial music.

Heaven is a world of limitless self-fulfillment. All we do, every gift and talent will be elevated to a capacity beyond our comprehension.

Billy Graham had a friend passing through difficulty. One day he passed a church construction site. “What are you doing?” he asked a stone cutter.

“See that little opening up near the steeple? I’m shaping this down here so it will fit up there.”

God is shaping you “down here” so you will fit “up there”.

Paid In Full

A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing supper, and handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on. After his Mom dried her hands on an apron, she read it, and this is what it said:

For cutting the grass: $5.00
For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00
For going to the store for you: $.50
Baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping: $.25
Taking out the garbage: $1.00
For getting a good report card: $5.00
For cleaning up and raking the yard: $2.00
Total owed: $14.75

Well, his mother looked at him standing there, and the boy could see the memories flashing through her mind. She picked up the pen, turned over the paper he’d written on, and this is what she wrote:

For the nine months I carried you while you were growing inside me: NO CHARGE
For all the nights that I’ve sat up with you, doctored and prayed for you: NO CHARGE
For all the trying times, and all the tears that you’ve caused through the years: NO CHARGE
For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead: NO CHARGE
For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose: NO CHARGE
Son, when you add it up, the cost of my love is: NO CHARGE.

When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked straight at his mother and said, “Mom, I sure do love you.” And then he took the pen and in great big letters he wrote: “PAID IN FULL”.

You will never know your parents worth till you become a parent. Be a giver not an acquirer, especially with your parents. there is a lot to give, besides money. Money is the worst way of measuring happiness.