Teaching Servanthood

Just wanted to share with you another parenting tip I received…

Sometimes children believe that the whole world revolves around them. Parents, at times, contribute to a child-centered mentality and further reinforce this misconception. Kids can get the impression that parents, siblings, and even the family pets are there simply to make them happy. The result is demandingness and an unpleasant attitude.

One of the ways to counteract this tendency is to teach children to be servants and Christmas is a great time to start. Planning and giving gifts, preparing food treats for others, setting the table, and cleaning up Christmas messes are all ways to demonstrate servanthood. You might have your children take turns giving out the gifts that are under the tree instead of just finding their own and opening them up.

Listening to others, watching family members open gifts, saying thank you, sharing, and looking for ways to help are all ideas for kids to demonstrate a servant attitude at Christmastime.

Use the word “servant” and teach children about its positive meaning in life. Talk about how being a servant is really a gift to others. After all, Jesus became a servant by becoming a man and coming to earth as our Savior (Philippians 2:5).

Servanthood is one of the honor solutions for sibling conflict. To learn more, consider the book, Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes In You and Your Kids, by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.


  1. Hi Chris, I think I need that book! Sana di pa ko late turuan ng servanthood ang kids ko. Lumaki kasi sila sa yaya at got used to other people doing things for them. 🙁 I'll check that book out!

    Thanks so much for this post, Chris! Mejo napaalalahanan ako…

    Take care! 🙂

  2. My baby is just 2 and a half only..
    good reading from your blog miss chris..tatandaan ko yan..especially that im a single mom..

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