5 Tips to Tame the Green Eyed Monster in Our Kids




Green Eyed Monster??  Yes, those things our kids turn into when they see something they “just have to have!!”  It doesn’t help that commercials, our culture, social media, and peer pressure encourage our little ones to want more and more.  Our culture alone breeds materialistic desires in not only our children, but in us as well.


Here are some tips to help tame that greediness when you have to take your children shopping.


1. Plant and Sow a Heart of Gratefulness – teach your kids as you go about your day what it means to be grateful and how to have a heart of gratitude. Read scriptures and bible stories to them about being grateful. Read stories from third world countries about kids that have much less than they do. Open their eyes to the world around them. Even teaching them songs like, “Count your blessings, count them one by one,” can help them to think about what they already have. Teach them that God is provider of our needs.


2.  Set the Right Expectations – let them know before you enter the store that you will not be purchasing anything that is not on your list, any toys, candy, etc.  Just let them know that you are only buying things you need on that trip, and prepare them that they may see a game or toy they may want, but you won’t be buying it….and not to ask for it!!  If you do plan on giving them  treat at the end, remind them not to ask.  Go over the “rules of the store” before going in…. Setting clear expectations and reminding them EVERY TIME you go to the store is a huge help.


3.  Pray before you head into the store – having a right heart and praying before you go in can set the tone for your shopping trip.


4.  Give them a small list of items they can help find on your grocery list – I give my kids a list of items they are responsible for finding when they shop with me.  If your kids are not old enough to read, just print out a list of clip art pictures.  It does take a few extra minutes of planning, but it can be a huge help to keep little minds occupied while shopping.  My kids loved it, and I tried to spread it out over the isles so they stayed busy.


5.  Praise at the end – Don’t forget to praise them for a job well done at the end if they did well.  It’s important to give credit where credit is due.




“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”    Hebrews 13:5



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  1. Great tips here! I have found talking to them beforehand as you suggested really does help.