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7 Tips for Teaching Children Gratitude

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Spoiling your kid is fun—but putting your foot down can help you take advantage of an important teaching moment. Instead of simply spoiling your child, spoil with a purpose. If she's begging for the latest Disney princess doll, set a monetary goal and ask that she work toward it. If you're feeling really generous, offer to match her contributions. Then, have her do jobs around the house to earn the money. When she purchases something that she earned herself, she'll be way more grateful than if you'd simply brought it home from the store, no questions asked.