In our fast paced and self-centered world, it can be easy for kids to get swept away in the fast lane and forget to stop and show appreciation for the simple things that they have. Cultivating gratitude begins at home so here are little ways to teach kids to be grateful so they can appreciate the smallest of things more.
Say Thank You
Teach kids to say “thank you” more often. Have them thank their coaches for practice and music teachers for lessons. If they keep on doing each time they receive or accept something, it will become a habit.
Name your Blessing
Have a moment of thanks each day when everyone shares something that they are grateful for no matter how small. It can be the good weather or the delicious food served at lunch.
Encourage Volunteer Work
Give your children an understanding of how much good they have in their life and how hard you work to care for them by inviting them along to volunteer with you.
Make Time for Chores
Find age-appropriate and time-intensive chores for your children such as yard work, bathroom cleaning, and linen changing.
Share the things that you appreciate about another person and encourage your children to do the same. It can be a small thing like Dad’s new tie or Grandma’s old apron but what’s important is have them give the compliment with a smile.
Encourage to Give Back
When kids give their time and energy to help others, they’re less likely to take things like health, home,and family for granted.
Insist on Politeness
When we teach our children to treat others with dignity and respect, they’ll be more likely to be more understanding and considerate of others.
There is so much joy in being grateful. Raising grateful kids in an entitled world can be challenging but it can be so rewarding.
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