Keeping Kids Humble

Kathy says her kids have it made. She wants to know how to keep them humble and thankful for what they have.

QUESTION: Kathy on Twitter says her kids have it made. She wants to know how to keep them humble and thankful for what they have. Dave says you have to talk about it a lot and head off the sense of entitlement at the pass, teach them how to work, and remind them they're just managing everything for God.

ANSWER: I think there are a lot of things you can do. One is you talk about it a lot. Any time some sense of entitlement pops into a conversation, you pound it into the dust. We just don't allow this sense of entitlement.

The second thing is you've got to teach them to work. They have to know how to work. They can work for other people, they can work for you, they can work around the house, but they've got to work. They need to do work other than just schoolwork—real work. They need to have what's known as a clue about work.

Lastly, as a Christian, the way I approach that is I just remind them all the time that they don't own anything anyway, and I don't own anything anyway. We're just managing it for God. If you're managing it for God, then really you need to be humble and thankful for what you do have, and you're not really an owner—you're just a manager. That kind of takes away some of the pride thing kicking in. It's a spiritual walk, this thing of owning stuff properly. That's something to think about.