I think it is important that my kids appreciate all they have in life. Day in and day out I reminded of how blessed I really am.
So, when my boys fuss, complain or get upset that I didn't buy them something on our trip to Wal-Mart, it drives me crazy.
Just this week, we were leaving Wal-Mart after having spent nearly one hundred dollars.
Kipper fussed because he didn't get a shirt, he didn't get a toy, he didn't get a drink, or any candy.
Noah complained he didn't get a toy, he didn't get a drink, and he didn't get a shirt... (He did get candy - but he forgot about it and I ate it for lunch.)
Back to the issue at hand, the whole point our trip was to pick up Noah's new glasses.
So, as they are going on and on about not getting anything...I tell them I have had enough.
"You have got to be more thankful for the things you do have," I say this looking back at them buckled up in their car seats.
"Noah, I just bought you some new glasses and Kipper you get things all the time. I don't want to hear anymore fussing!" I turn back around in my seat and start the car.
From the back seat Noah says, "Thank you Mom for buying my glasses."
"You're welcome Noah."
Okay, so maybe they've heard me this time, and the fussing will stop.
Kipper says from the backseat, "Thank you for not buying me a truck."
"You're welcome buddy, no problem."
It's a start.