Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Great Mothering advice

I've been following this blog lately, called My Four Small Boys.
She is an excellent, captivating, honest and uplifting writer.
I enjoy reading whatever she has to share.

So she's started another blog. This one is quite different, and I think very useful as well. Once a week she asks her Mom, who is the mother of 11 children, a question about parenting. A few days later on this same blog, her Mom answers the question.

Like I always say, when you have questions, go to the experts. The ones who have been there, done that.

This week's question is on teaching children to be grateful.
It's worth reading. Check it out here.
See if you agree with it.


darlene said...

Thanks for directing us to these two blogs, Jill. I know I'm going to enjoy reading them.
We were very poor when the kids were little, and they were visably grateful when they got ANYTHING. Such enthusiasm for small things!And I taught them not to beg because it wouldn't do any good.
I loved the part about resisting buying something and then going home and giving their child attention instead. Great advice!

Eileen said...

Thanks, Jill, I do so agree with everything that was said!

And I agree with it for my own life too! I've been trying to take stock of the 'really important' things in my life that have nothing to do with material gains. I've been trying to simplify and I'm hoping if I finally achieve that I can be example to my grandchildren.
When my children were small we didn't have a lot to give them, but the grandchildren are over-indulged BIG TIME and Grandma and Grandpa are partly to blame! We've been changing our ways.

I won't be posting or visiting for awhile so I'll take this opportunity to wish you a Blessed Christmas and many Blessings in the New Year for you and your beautiful family!
It's been such a pleasure reading here and getting to know you.
Love to you,

Jill said...

Maybe I have it wrong Eileen, but I think the rules are different for us grandparents.

I hear you Darlene about the begging. That never got anywhere with me either. Also my boys rarely said they were bored because they knew I would find them a job for them to do if they did.

Natalie said...

Jill, thank you! I love your blog, and you can imagine how flattered I am to have you say such kind things. You're so nice to me, and I'm very glad to have you in my life, even if we've never actually met.

grandmapeg said...

This was interesting. I had a hard time not wanting to give my children more than what I had when I was growing up. I agree though that we shouldn't give in to them all the time. It sure is hard as a grandparent not to over indulge them. Some times I wish that I could go back in time and not give in as much as I did, but they have turned out to be grateful so we must have done a little bit of a good job.

Jill said...

But remember Peggy, when we were raising our kids we didn't have credit cards. We never bought them things we couldn't afford. Life was not supersized yet. I think it's a lot harder on today's parents where they have such easy access to so much.