Fighting for Gratitude, a book review of Raising Grateful Kids

I've been dying to tell you about this book.  I read it back during Thanksgiving, and I wanted to wait until it actually released to tell you and my friends about it.

Well, it released yesterday, and now you can go get yourself a copy.  And boy do we all need a copy!

I've got three kids (and one on the way --- the "non"-old-fashioned-way --- from Ethiopia.)  My three kids are easily pulled into the trappings of entitlement.  It is an uphill battle keeping our focus on Christ instead of stuff.

Kristen has written a book that has a deep layer of solid parenting suggestions topped with a full garnish of ideas that can give your family a widened, global, missional worldview.  If you know me, you'll know this is right up my alley!

Let me share my favorite quote with you.

Our family is at its best—our absolute best—when we are doing something for someone else. When our hands are busy serving others, we aren’t thinking about what we don’t have. Instead, we are thankful for what we do have.
— Kristen Welch, Raising Grateful Kids

All the yeses!

Since I was first introduced to Kristen because of her non-profit Fair Trade Friday, it isn't a surprise that it encourages hands-on serving of others as a family.  What was surprising and refreshing to find was that this book is chalk full of GRACE!  That isn't often the case with parenting books.

This book is as helpful as it is graceful.  The American culture is excessive, but that is really the opposite of what brings true happiness. This book really reminds you that helping your children to think of others is way more important than the quality or quantity of their physical possessions.

The truth is I'm a practical gal.  I love hands-on ideas way more that I love idealized theory.  Each chapter ends with ideas for "going against the flow," and those ideas are categorized by age range.  No matter what age your child, there will be suggestions to help focus your children on gratitude.

My favorite new idea from the book was rice and beans Monday.

We eat rice and beans every Monday so we can remember
how the rest of the world lives and eats. Sometimes the best
way to introduce a different perspective is by doing something
different. And then repeating it often.
Most of the world doesn’t have the luxury of having a
pantry and refrigerator full of food with dozens of options.
Meat is for the wealthy and fruit is a delicacy.
What better way to remind our kids how much we have than
through their bellies?
— Kristen Welch, Raising Grateful Kids

I love that!  We will be implementing rice and bean Monday at the Lane house.

Get your copy of Raising Grateful Kids, and find out what suggestion you can implement in your home that will change your children's perspective and focus your family on grateful!

Bonus:  Read more about this awesome book from the author Kristen Welch, and enter to win a copy of her new book on Kristen's blog We Are That Family here.