Jennifer - posted on 12/22/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )
I have 4 wonderful children, but sometimes they, especially the older 2, can be so ungreatful. Sure money is tight quite often with 6 people living on one income, but we have always had a roof over our heads, more than enought food on the table, and a lot of extras. I have explained to my children many times that they are sooo lucky! I have had them donate toys, and put money in the salvation army buckets, and explaind why they did it. Our church has a community feast every Thanksgiving and they have heard many say that that is the only Thanksgiving dinner they get. Also on the same day as the feast, our church has a coat and hat and glove give away, where they give new hats and gloves and gently used coats to children/adults in need. We have explained many times why those kids are so happy just to have hats and gloves, and one family a coat for their daughters since they were trying to share one coat between two girls. Where we live people aren't rich, but there also aren't any homeless on the streets or homeless shelters, so they have been sheltered in that way. Still, my kids will destroy toys, throw fits about the food in front of them (food I know they have eaten and liked before), and tell people that they wanted something else when they are given something. It really breaks my heart to see them act this way, because I know they know better. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if my 6 almost 7-year-old complains that he didn't get a toy at Christmas when my husband sacrificed and sold some of his own personal belongings to get him a dirt bike. We have tried multiple times to not give our kids toys for gifts, but so many other family members get them for Christmas/Birthdays, that they really don't notice the we didn't get them a toy. Any ideas on how to make my children realize how much they have would be greatly appreciated.