Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Raising Grateful Kids by Kristen Welch

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World
How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life's Biggest Yes
by Kristen Welch

What can I say? I love this book. I love it's cover - how it looks. I love the format and how it feels in my hands. I love the mix of personal stories and practical tips. Most of all, I love the message.

"We live in a culture that is obsessed with the right to have what we want, whether we've earned it or not." 

If you believe in the concept of grace, then hopefully you understand that grace is two-fold. Grace is, first of all, getting what you don't deserve, and secondly, grace is not getting what you do deserve. Grace is the opposite of entitlement.

Kristen and her husband, Terrell, recognized the ugliness of entitlement that was rearing its head in their family and decided to call it out and wage war against it. Being grateful is an art that needs to be cultivated and nurtured daily, so that it can be practiced in all areas of our lives. Living gratefully is living counter-culturally, and it's increasingly difficult to practice in our current society.

"Society has shifted truth by bombarding us with an idea until its normalized. "
As I mentioned before, this book is full of personal stories in which Kristen shares what she and her husband have tried with their 3 children. It's also full of practical tips. Each chapter ends with a section called "Going Against the Flow" and includes ideas and suggestions for all ages: parents, toddlers/preschoolers, elementary, tweens/teens.

I've already implemented several ideas into our own family life. If you need encouragement in your own journey to raise grateful kids, or even in your own effort to be more grateful, then this book is for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this review.


  1. Sounds like a GREAT book. I notice some kids are more grateful in my room than others but when one says thank you the rest begin to say it too...

  2. Jill, I wanted to email you, but I didn't see your address on your site. Anywho, just wanted to stop by to let you know you're this week's featured photographer on my #WW linky party! Congrats!

  3. Looks like another great book! I'll definitely have to check this out as this is one of my heart's cries for my children. Thanks!!

  4. This looks like a good book. We've been making an effort to raise our daughter so that she is respectful and considerate. She just turned 10 and I can see the teen years just around the corner. I'm going to check out this book, thanks for sharing your review.