Thursday, November 17, 2011

Not Really Starving

My kids are a bit spoiled.  They would not agree with that statement but it's true.  My kids eat three full meals every single day.  It may not always be their favorite, but they always get plenty.  They also get at least one, but often two, snacks every day.  Yes, they are spoiled.  Many (though I know not all) kids in America are spoiled in this way.

But my kids feel the need for more and more.  It never fails, moments after a meal is over, my kids are asking for a snack.  Often times my kids are asking me what is for dinner at 1 o'clock in the afternoon!  I often get tired of hearing them ask for snacks, so one day, semi-jokingly, I made the comment that "the law requires I feed you three meals a day but says nothing about snacks so quit asking!"

Then yesterday I visited one of the blogs I follow, Daily Cup of Grace.  Mandy's post was incredible and touched me in a precious way.  She shares her own struggle with this same situation about snacks.  I want to encourage you to read her post Starving for Thankfulness.  She has encouraged me to have a gentle chat with my kids about being thankful for what we have.

Though this comes at a perfect time, Thanksgiving being next week, it truly is something we need to remember on a daily basis.  365 days a year.

Sweet Blessings~

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  1. Beautifully written, Jennifer. And the FFH CD sounds wonderful! :-)

  2. I'll have to read that because you are right! We must shift the focus from wants to simple needs!:) Thanks for this reminder...I need to reforuc on this!!

  3. I don't think I have ever known a child that didn't want snacks and more snacks. Well, except maybe when they are not feeling good. I loved your post.

    Blessings to you!

  4. My oldest two are the same way. My wife is a stay at home mom, and she ensures that we all eat well for every meal. But it never fails, that my oldest two will say they are full at supper, and the very next sentence is "Can I have a Snack?" I got a good laugh when I read your post. God Bless You!

  5. You are such a good Mom! I'm not sure I always fed my kids three meals a day :-)
    I'm heading over to read Daily Cup of Grace!

  6. Jenifer, I went to facebook and let the people know that today is the last day to enter your giveaway.

    Blessings to you.

  7. How true this is. When you kids were little I would get so irritated because all 4 of you always thought you had to eat 3 times a day...minimum! If we ate a 'late' breakfast at 10:30 or 11:00 you all still wanted lunch at noon! I never understood. I also never thought about our lack of thankfulness for what we DID have! It just goes to prove that we, as a people, are never satisfied with what we have! What a shame! Great post. I'm headed over to 'Daily Cup of Grace' now.

    Great post!

  8. I thinks sometimes our kids are bored and ask for snacks...other times, they just think they're entitled to them.
    I don't want my children to be hungry, but I also want them to be thankful for what they have and to be aware there are kids who ARE hungry all the time.

  9. Clicking ove rto check out what Mandy's post!

  10. Jenifer,

    I don't have children so I can't say I know what this is like, but I had to giggle at Debi's comment, because it reminds me so much of what my nephew does, he tells anyone who will listen when his mom doesn't feed him lunch, quickly forgetting that he didn't eat breakfast until noon. His argument, that was breakfast food, he didn't get any lunch food.

    Blessings Jenifer.

  11. I've been having the same challenge with my 4yo boy. Thankfulness and contentment are tricky to teach, it seems. as with all childhood lessons, I guess consistency and good examples are key. I enjoyed meeting you through the Kiononia link up.

  12. My family doesn't always get three meals a day. Some days they are lucky to get just one. ;) But I understand about asking for snacks right after eating. We need to focus on our blessings instead of always wanting more.

  13. Jenifer - I believe that Americans in general are spoiled. (I know that I am). Yet (especially) during this time it is good to pause and consider all we have to be thankful for. We are one of the wealthiest nations on earth (as a whole), yet I wonder if we are often one of the least grateful.


  14. Wonderful post Jenifer.

    Our kids can be "snackaholics" as well , but we've been having more and more of those "gentle" conversations about need v/s want with them, and I think we're making some headway.

    Great encouragement!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  15. Oh thankfulness... such a beautiful thing, and such a hard thing to see become habits in little ones. :)

  16. Jenifer, yes, I have had countless of conversations with the children about "those starving in Africa" and such. It is a struggle sometimes to instill Thankfulness in their hearts, but it is a must!

    Thanks for linking up in the Koinonia Community! :)


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