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"But, I want it!"

Posted on 1/21/2017 by Greg Yoder

If you're a parent, you've probably heard that a MILLION times. Kids are just selfish. Actually, we can be, too. Unfortunately, our Western culture has turned many kids (and adults, for that matter) into an entitlement society. My own daughter gets trapped in it sometimes. How can we help our kids out of it? GIVE THEM A JOB. No, not child labor—chores. Make them EARN the money to buy things. As they do, teach them biblical principles of giving to God, saving, and then purchasing the things they want. In 2 Thessalonians 3:10, Paul reminds us that if anybody isn't willing to work, they shouldn't eat. No, don't make them work for their supper, but teach them to work for their Savior.

Suggested Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:10-13
Tags: work, greed

Keys for Kids Parent Minute is a one-minute daily feature, hosted by Greg Yoder, the executive director of Keys for Kids Ministries. Amidst a vast sea of parenting experts, Greg is a real parent who’s had successes and failures raising kids. Greg shares the good and the bad about raising his own four kids–three of which are now adults. He’s a real parent and grandparent, talking to real parents and grandparents about real issues facing kids and their families today.

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