Yesterday morning one of my (sweet-wonderful-almost-always-perfect?) children threw an absolute fit because someone else was sitting in “their” chair at the kitchen counter. We’re not talking about a tiny little sadness because the chair was taken, we’re talking some serious frustation. Over a chair. Really?
I lost it. Every ounce of me was furious, and I couldn’t believe that one of the children I was raising would become so upset over something absolutely meaningless. My response? I did what every good momma would do. I pulled up a Youtube video of children starving in other parts of the world and (not-so-kindly….) stated “Look at all we have. How on earth can you complain about a stinkin’ chair?!”
Yup, that old “starving children” plate trick can be taken to entirely new level with our Youtube generation children.
How do we fix this? How do we encourage our children to recognize how incredibly fortunate they are, without taking away all their “oh-so-fortunate” stuff? My husband says I tend to go overboard (you think?) by constantly reminding my kids just how blessed they are, but I think as a child who didn’t grow up with nearly what my own children have, I struggle to not be angry with their complacency. I don’t know how to help them “get it” when they just can’t seem to get it.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, or even just a note sharing that I’m not the only one struggling with this one. I hope that by showing them there are those in need all over the world maybe we can spark a desire to help others somewhere deep down that will grow as they become older. If you’ve been able to help your child understand this please share what’s helped in your family, and if you have older children who’ve survived, I’d love to hear how you worked things out. (I don’t want to speed through life any more quickly, but I would love to know that we’re going to make it!)
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