Chapter 9 in Smart Money Smart Kids is entitled Contentment: The War for Your Child’s Heart.
Isn’t that the truth?
As Dave and Rachel point out, if you live in North America, you can’t deny that you are in a war against the contemporary culture that starts inundating children immediately with the lie that more stuff = more happiness.
I had a very difficult time choosing a favorite quote from this chapter! I think I had at least a half dozen, but I’ll share this one:
I love it because it gets to the heart of the issue. It’s very difficult to be grateful without humility, and someone who is not grateful will never be content. She will always be comparing her looks, possessions, income, husband, children, etc. to what someone else has. It starts young, and it starts in the heart.
This is an area we address often with our kids because we feel so passionate about it. It is not an easy battle to fight, but the alternative makes it worth the hard work. Plus it forces my husband and I to routinely evaluate if we ourselves are truly content or if we’re allowing comparison to creep in. We’re just as susceptible, and our children are watching us.