Appreciating the Little Things

“It’s only mid-December, but parents everywhere are experiencing the same the parenting challenge:  Lack of gratitude.  I’m hearing it through email, Twitter, Facebook, and just about everywhere I go.  Moms everywhere are reminding their kids to “put it on the list” or “wait and see what Santa brings”.  All. Day. Long.

The underlying fear, of course, is that we are raising kids who lack gratitude.  We are raising wanters instead of givers.  We are raising takers instead of sharers…”

Stop by Mommy Moment to read more about focusing on gratitude and the magic of the holiday season.

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About Katie

Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes for PBS Parents, Washington Post Parents, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) and the forthcoming "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" (Penguin Random House, 2018)