My daughters are 8 & 9 and while they arent high maintenance they ARE incredibly ungrateful and selfish! They are perfectly happy with Tull from the dollar store and gifts less than $10 (not that they know the price,just that its not high end stuff). Their clothes are mainly hand me downs or bought from the thrift store! But they have LOTS of family that adores them and they lack for nothing....but when do something or go somewhere they think its ALL about them! For example, we went o a fall festival last night and their grandparents and a great grandparent came. When THEY wanted st stop and look at something my girls literally started CRYING because they weren't getting what they wanted! I was PISSED. They try this a lot and it NEVER EVER EVER gets them what they want. I have even pointed that out to them! Anyway, I want to get them volunteering and realizing how fortunate they are....any ideas?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 9:18 AM on Nov. 8, 2009 in Politics & Current Events
See if the Youth Volunteer Core is active in your area "Since 1987 YVC has been engaging 11-18 year olds in structured, supervised service learning projects in and out of school."
Answer by rkoloms at 9:19 AM on Nov. 8, 2009
That might work if they weren't 8&9 like the OP said.
I would just leave them at home. With a sitter of course. I would stop taking them places because of that behavior. That's what I do with my younger children. They also lack for nothing, but they are not happy with dollar store fodder. I am doing my best at curbing their voracious entitlement. They will be going through their toys in a couple of weekends to find things to donate to kids that aren't as fortunate.
If you are involved in a church, sometimes they have programs that need volunteers. Food banks, toy drives (where they have to wrap gifts for needy children), making cards for kids in the hospital with serious illnesses, you can get creative. Or how about writting letters to the men and women in the military and sending them to soldiers that don't get much mail (there are lists of them online).
Answer by Anonymous at 9:33 AM on Nov. 8, 2009
Both of my daughters are active in Girl Scouts and are loving all the volunteering and helping. We also, as a family volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and a few homeless vets shelters. It's a good family opportunity. jmo
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Answer by LoriKeet at 9:50 AM on Nov. 8, 2009
I say no all the time. Sometimes I think that all I say LOL. My friends kids call me the mean mom because I make my girls clean their room by themselves and tell them no! But I dont do the chore thing. I like that. We tried the scouts but I guess we got in a bad group because all they seemed to do were dollar store arts and crafts and worry about who brought the snack to the next meeting!! I was upset because I was in scouts and loved it! Can you go to a different troop or do you have to go to the one in your area? I like the troop idea and they play soccer through a church (we dont go regularly to ours, bad I know, and something ELSE that might help!) I will ook there! Thank you ladies for helping and not judging!
Answer by Anonymous at 9:56 AM on Nov. 8, 2009
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