It is said that Gratitude attracts more reasons to be grateful. When you appreciate what you already have, you open the doors to so much more goodness in your life. For this reason, I believe it is extremely important to teach our kids early on to be grateful. Many adults haven’t even yet grasped this concept. Thankfulness isn’t just for Thanksgiving Day. 😉 Luckily for our children, using these 7 ways to teach your kids Gratitude can help them master this concept before reaching adulthood.
- Implement a daily Gratitude practice. Before we eat our breakfast each morning, we all go around the table and list a few things that we are grateful for. Each person ends their thank you list by repeating “Thank you” three times. So for example: “I am grateful for my home and my cozy bed. I am also grateful for my family. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.”
- Play Gratitude Games as a family! This is a fun way to teach your kids Gratitude. You can grab a simple Gratitude game pack to kickstart the fun.
- Create a household Gratitude jar.
- Encourage kids to say thank you when interacting with others throughout the day. Whenever someone helps them out or provides them with a service, encourage them to say thank you.
- Make a thank you video with your kid as a gift for someone who has helped your child in the past.
- Work on a volunteer project as a family. Perhaps several times a year you donate your time to work at a local food pantry or clothing drive. The goal here is to get your child involved in charitable projects as a sign of thanks for all that they have to share with others.
- Lead by example! Show your Gratitude as often as possible in front of your children. And don’t forget to say “Thank you” to your kids whenever they help you out. 🙂
What are some methods you use to teach your children Gratitude? Please share in the comments below.
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