Redeeming the Chaos

Redeeming the Chaos

Practical Tips to Teach Your Kids About Contentment

November 06, 2021

Do you wish your kids would be more happy and satisfied? Do you wish they would stop whining and be content with what they have? In this episode of Redeeming the Chaos, I’m going to give you some practical tips and resources to help you teach your kids about contentment. 


Hey everyone, thanksgiving is right around the corner!  Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I heard a rumor that you better get your shopping done sooner than later, or there will be no toys left to buy. Who knows if this is just a self-fulfilling prophecy because someone started a rumor and now everyone is rushing to buy presents. 


I want to talk today about a topic that I feel is very important and relevant this time of year. We are going to talk about contentment. 

I have talked about this topic before and I just want to circle back around in case you missed it.  This is a perfect topic for both Thanksgiving AND Christmas. In fact, if you talk to your kids about contentment in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, you may just find that your kids head into the Christmas season feeling more content. 

I know the months of November and December can often be a time of anticipation for kids, making their Christmas lists and drooling over toy catalogs that come in the mail.  (yes, there still is such a thing!)  

Now, this episode is NOT about bashing gift giving. I am not suggesting foregoing Christmas presents altogether. But I do think there are some ways we can help our children to be content with what they have, even in the midst of looking forward to gifts at Christmas. 

Contentment is a heart issue. It’s not a stuff issue. Stuff is neutral. Stuff is not evil. But it’s our attitude towards the stuff in our lives that determines whether or not we are content. 


The Bible has a lot to say about contentment.

Hebrews 13:5  “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.‘”

Notice, the verse doesn’t say, keep your life free from money. Money is not evil in and of itself. Money is a tool that can be used for wickedness or for great good. What we need to guard against is the LOVE of money. This verse instructs us to be content with what we have.  How? How do we do it?  God has promised never to leave us or forsake us!  When we have God with us, we have all we need.

Philippians 4:11-13 “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 

So, the apostle Paul says in this passage that contentment is a learned skill!  This is good news. If you feel frustrated that your kids are never content, always wanting more, don’t despair. Contentment is a heart quality and we can train our kids to be more content. 

And here’s the solution. You may be familiar with the verse I just read about learning to be content in every situation. You may have also heard the verse, 

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

But did you know that these verses are in the same passage? They follow one after the other.