As a parent, you want your kids to know you can provide them with all their needs, but you also don’t want to raise spoiled children who feel entitled to their every whim.
Here are five tips to help you raise secure and unspoiled kids:
- Use an allowance as a teaching tool. By giving kids their own money with no strings attached, you can help them learn how to manage their money and control their spending habits.
- Boost their confidence. Help your children make the right choices by fostering a sense of worth independent of material possessions. Boost their confidence so they feel good about themselves just for who they are.
- Say no. Everyone needs to learn how to accept a no. When turning down a request, don’t mention money. Instead of saying: “We can’t afford that right now.” Try: “You don’t really need that right now.”
- Encourage work. Kids who hold down a job are getting a head start on life as an adult. Encourage your child to look for a summer job, shovel snow for neighbors in the winter and accept occasional babysitting jobs.
- Model gratitude and giving. One of the most important lessons you can give your children is to appreciate what they have and to give back to others. Use every available opportunity to model these behaviors for your children.