About Kristen Welch

Kristen Welch, blogger at We are THAT family is the bestselling author of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World and her new follow up book that releases May 1, Raising World Changers in a Changing World. She is the founder of Mercy House Global and lives in Texas with her husband and three kids.

On raising world changers in a changing world

Written by Kristen Welch of We are THAT Family

A note from Jamie: I’ve been touched by Kristen’s work for years, especially her thoughts on raising kids to be others-focused in our self-focused society. So when I heard she had a new book coming out on this topic (afflink), I couldn’t wait to invite her here to share with us today. Enjoy!

My little girl has always had a sweet tooth.

She used to bang the tray of her high chair for pureed fruit and pucker her lips at everything else offered.

Her eyes light up at slices of cake and pink donuts and cheesecake. Cupcakes may be her love language. And don’t even get me started on how often she asks for candy.

She is a picky eater, and dinner is always a battle because of course, she’s always hungry for dessert.

Maybe this sounds familiar. We joke about her insatiable appetite for sugar and constantly remind her to fill up on good food first.

The other day she had a light bulb moment, “Mom, when I eat something sweet, it tastes so good, but I’m usually still hungry afterward.”

Her epiphany made me think about raising our kids in a culture on a constant quest for satisfaction. I’ve watched my kids fill up on empty things — from social media cravings to the trendy, must-have fashion fads to the latest technology upgrades.

And one thing is certain: Even if they get what they want, there’s always something next or better around the corner tempting them.
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