Ways to keep your child humble

Dana - posted on 01/04/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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With only having one, my son tends to be somewhat spoiled. He does realize that he's very forunate. What ways do you teach your child how to be humble? We take our son to volunteer for example..Your ideas??

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Kelly - posted on 01/19/2009

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Hi Dana - I too have one son who is 7 and I think it's difficult not to "spoil" only children (though I really dislike that word) because they are literally the centers of our lives. It sounds like you have the right idea because the best way to teach is to lead by example. We talk a lot in our home about children who don't have as much and how having only one child allows for us to do more than we could if we had multiple children. My son has always been in daycare and pre-school and being around other children taught him early that he has to share and be considerate of others. I'm hopeful that by requiring good manners in our home and leading by example, he will learn humility. Good luck.

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This is something I've started thinking about more and more. My daughter is only two. We have her in daycare 3 days a week, and I think that is really good for her. She has learned so much about sharing and personal space and all that. I am concerned about making sure we don't spoil her as she gets older.

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