DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #87

Dear Granddaddy, what happens to ungrateful children when they become adults? Linda- mother of an ungrateful child.

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Well, Linda, we know that this big world can be unforgiving. We also know how good our kids have it under our roofs. However, the problem is that they don’t yet know how good they have it yet. But they will, and they will know it a lot sooner than you think.

When ungrateful children finally get out there on their own, they quickly come to realize how good they had it at home. They learn how tough it is out in the real world. They learn that, unlike their parents, not everyone out there is kind and forgiving, or even ethical.

When they’re sleeping on a mattress on the floor with a whole bunch of other roommates and have no privacy at all, they’ll finally be grateful for the bed, the bedroom, and the privacy they used to get at home.

When they’re consuming another ninety-nine cent box of pasta because they’re trying to eat cheaply, they’ll miss the homemade meals they had at home. They’ll finally realize how much money and time went into just preparing one meal. And to think that they had three meals a day back at home.

As soon as that wonderful feeling of freedom wears off and they realize how expensive things really are and how hard it is to make it on their own, as they tire of their multiple jobs, they will finally appreciate how good they had it at home.

Believe it or not, many times ungrateful children grow up to be grateful adults, who finally get it as they try to manage their own ungrateful children. The good news is that these newly grownup parents are usually young enough to be grateful to their own older parents for maybe another thirty years. Hopefully, this is longer than the amount of time they spent being ungrateful.

Don’t worry, Linda. Your time to reap the fruit of gratefulness from your children is coming. It will be here before you know it. So enjoy it.

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