Mila Kunis Refuses to Raise Entitled Children—And You Can Too

posted: 08/15/16
by: Amanda Mushro
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When it comes to parenting, Mila Kunis and her husband Ashton Kutcher know exactly the kind of example they want to set for their children. And it has nothing to do with the lavish lifestyle we've come to expect from celebrities.

Mila, who's pregnant with her second child and already mom to 22 month-old daughter Wyatt, said during an Australian podcast that she and Ashton shared similar upbringings that shaped who they are today. She added "It's so important because we both came from pretty solid poverty backgrounds and grew up very poor and are very much self-made and are very aware of what a dollar is worth. Nothing's been handed to us."

As if we needed another reason to love Mila even more, now we just want her to be one of our mom friends. But it also raises the question that if a celebrity with millions of dollars is wondering how to raise children that aren't entitled, how can regular non-celebrity parents--do the same?

Everyone has chores: Even if your kids are young, you can find chores that are age appropriate and make them part of maintaining your home. From feeding pets, making their bed, putting away their laundry and dirty clothes, or just being helpful whenever you ask, making chores a part of your child's life helps them learn the value of working and helping out.

Help them with their piggy bank: The next time your kids ask for a toy they see on TV, even though the easy thing to do it just hand over your wallet, don't! Use this teachable moment to talk about money. Ask them to grab their piggy banks. Talk to your kids about putting money into their bank, how to earn money, how to save money, and help them create a plan to save enough money to purchase the toy themselves. This is a perfect way to incorporate chores into earning money.

Giving Back: Help teach your children the value of giving back to others and helping in the community. Find ways to be a part of volunteer or charity work that you and your children can do together. Not only with they learn the value of helping others, but they will see you as an example.

Encourage Independence: Yes it's easier and faster to help them with their shoes and coats in the morning. However, it's important to let your kids learn to be independent and not always rely on others to do everything for them. Teaching your children from an early age to be independent helps them to not feel entitled as adults.