I read a post this morning from a mother who expressed her exasperation of “first-world” parents and children who worry and whine about petty things. And her concern for her kids to grow up and become adults who waste their time mulling about things that don’t really matter. (You can read the post here: “How to Raise a Kid Who Isn’t Whiny and Annoying.”) Teaching your children to value true happiness and where it comes from isn’t simple. Many adults still struggle with this same concept.
I share this mother’s sentiments. While I want to provide my children with the best life that they can possibly have, I constantly worry of overindulging them–giving them too much. I don’t want my kids to grow up and have the wrong values. I don’t want them to become self-centered, materialistic individuals. What I want them to be are grateful and responsible adults who know where genuine happiness comes from.
Teaching your children to value true happiness is something that all parents should strive for. This means trying to give them the best experiences possible, and explaining why they are so good. We must do this with caution because raising them in an environment of overabundance could do more harm than good.