Antidote Gratitude Thankfulness Courtesy

"This isn't at all what I wanted."

Dear Dr. Borba,

My husband and I have worked so hard to give our kids a good life. We've always put them first and given them what we never had when we were kids. Instead of being appreciative, they only seem to want more. We see them turning out to be ungrateful and wanting what everyone else has. How do we help them be more appreciative and take joy in what they're blessed with?

—Clara B., a mom of two from Champaign, Illinois

Bad Attitude Act Out

"I know Grandma took me to Disneyland, Mommy, but I went there before."

"I know my teacher stayed after school to help me, but she's getting paid for it."

"Why should I write a thank-you card? I told her 'thank you' already."

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