My article in the November Chronogram Kids & Family section is “Giving Thanks Bu Giving Back: Teaching Kids Gratitude.” It was a fun assignment, sending me to the Queens Galley soup kitchen in Kingston, and putting me in touch with folks who do great work. Angels, in fact. Flinty, funny, ass-kicking angels. Below is the first paragraph and a link to the article. Please enjoy.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
Ask a parent how many times they’ve said to their kid, “Say thank you!” and they will be unable to tell you. Gratitude, it turns out, is not innate, yet a sense of entitlement is. And both the former and the latter are, arguably, essential in the modern world. Yet, while moms and dads want confident kids who feel deserving of life’s pleasures, they don’t want to release more ungrateful tyrants into society (well, most don’t). How can parents offer crucial perspective to their young ones, a philosophy that shows a child’s connectedness to his fellows and his specialness?
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