+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 16 of 16
  1. #11
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    268
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    55
    Reviews
    0

    Default How do you teach a 4 year old to be grateful?

    Sounds familiar but in this case it is 43 year old DH! Whinging about wanting new toys and junk he doesn't need. He has so much stuff but it is never enough. I am trying unsuccessfully to teach him to be grateful for what he has as many people would love half the things he has.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    1,024
    Thanks
    173
    Thanked
    615
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    We follow the same theory as Aquillah. I have never had any probs with the kids and wanting things...its probably because they have very very rarely got "stuff" in between birthdays and christmas . I just say no. The children only get pocket money if they help out around the house. I tell them mum and dad have to work hard to get things "just for fun" so they have to also (obviously they get their big ticket items for Xmas/bday). This year my 6yo saved $130 to buy a DS, he was so proud of himself, and so was I! My 9yo DD however will often spend her money before she earns it!

    Teaching children financial skills and eventually, financial independence, is one of the most important lessons we can pass onto our children I believe

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    2,485
    Thanks
    849
    Thanked
    299
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts

    Default How do you teach a 4 year old to be grateful?

    DD1 drives me mad with this. It's also hard because we split parent and whilst I tend to spoil to an extent ex-DH spoils them even more. So now it's a constant, "but Dad lets us do this. But Dad gets us this."

    We actually had a huge fight about it today (DD1 and I.) I feel like I know how to stop it but it is so hard when their Dad isn't on board and cares more about keeping the peace short term then the long term consequences.

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to chameleon For This Useful Post:

    Gothel  (12-12-2012)

  5. #14
    BabushkaMumma's Avatar
    BabushkaMumma is offline Mothering with my whole heart as thats what my girls have given me.
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    1,330
    Thanks
    199
    Thanked
    355
    Reviews
    3
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts

    Default How do you teach a 4 year old to be grateful?

    I would examine firstly why you feel the need to provide so much when he needs so little.

    Do you feel you need to do this because you didn't have as many things growing up? Do you work out of home so miss him during the day? Do you feel like you cannot say no for a particular reason?

    I find I try to compensate for my lack of 'toys' or getting what I really wanted as a kid by getting something nearly everytime we go out - it may be small like a lip gloss or a horn for her bike or something like that - but I know that it's more to do with me and less about my kid.

    When I am more sure of this, I find that I am more confident in the fact my child will not die without it and I'm not breaking them or ruining their childhood - therefore NO comes easier and without guilt.

  6. #15
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    4,395
    Thanks
    160
    Thanked
    704
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts

    Default Re: How do you teach a 4 year old to be grateful?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cleo77 View Post
    Sounds familiar but in this case it is 43 year old DH! Whinging about wanting new toys and junk he doesn't need. He has so much stuff but it is never enough. I am trying unsuccessfully to teach him to be grateful for what he has as many people would love half the things he has.
    This sounds like my dh too! He grew up in a third world country, silly me thought this would make him grateful no it just seems to make him want things more like he has got something to prove to the world

    Sent from my HTC One X using BubHub

  7. #16
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Gippsland
    Posts
    14,672
    Thanks
    1,209
    Thanked
    3,846
    Reviews
    2
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    I think my DS is appreciative because he has so few toys! Like at the moment, he pretty much just has a few toy cars, a bike, a toy firefighter set and a couple of teddies and a toy truck thing (he has more toys at his dad's I think). He makes his own fun, and also plays the games on my iPhone occasionally. He doesn't even notice that other kids get a tonne of presents at Christmas time. He thinks that Santa will only be bringing him ONE toy. He does ask for toys at the shops, but I don't have the spare money for that right now and I generally have to say no. Sometimes he chucks a tantrum, but he gets over it pretty quickly. No means no and he realises that pretty quickly.


 

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 19
    Last Post: 26-10-2013, 23:31
  2. What are you grateful for today??
    By Jurty in forum General Chat
    Replies: 225
    Last Post: 04-06-2012, 21:13

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Ro&Co
Share magical moments this Christmas with this gorgeous gingerbread house. Exclusively available in Brisbane, with FREE delivery in Brisbane Metro areas. Each Christmas Centrepiece is unique and made to order, from $240.
sales & new stuffsee all
CarmelsBeautySecrets
Growing your own natural nails is easy. Years ago, I devised a simple and very effective technique which really helps boosts the nails' growth in as little as three days! And most importantly keeps them that way.
featured supporter
SRC Pregnancy & Recovery Shorts
Want pain relief during pregnancy, and to continue working and exercising? Fancy a speedy recovery after childbirth? Want to regain your pre-baby body shape fast? Recommended by healthcare professionals, SRC compression products will let your body do its most important work.
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!