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How to Teach Children Gratitude?

Updated on August 24, 2017
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As a kids' author of a lovely girl who has given her two darling grandchildren, she learned neat life lessons she desires to share with you!

With all due respect, Thanksgiving dinner is not the appropriate time to begin teaching your children about being thankful! You must start to demonstrate an attitude of gratitude at a much earlier time throughout the year. Besides, demonstrating your loving kindness to your kids, you can play role-playing games, and have them send thank-you notes from time to time to build their attitude of thankfulness.

Be honest; children do not know how to feel an ounce of gratitude! They need heartfelt lessons from their parents, on how to appreciate even the minutest things in life. Studies have shown that grateful parents raise children who are appreciative, have more energy and are healthier.

For one reason or another, they somehow manage to complain less and think in an extra positive mode. You can help them reflect on what they feel most thankful for, as well, by gently probing into their thoughts?

Children Must Be Taught to Feel Grateful!

Feeling Grateful Will Raise Your Child's Self-Esteem

Teaching your children how to feel grateful in various situations will raise their self-esteem, and helps them to have nicer relationships. They will learn how to instinctively demonstrate kindness. You can begin early with the thankfulness tips iterated here!

A stance of gratitude is normally taught to children from the start of about two years, in a gentle way, without pressuring or nagging. Telling your children how privileged they are for eating a delectable meal, or for having their own bedroom, will only cause them to tune you out in a diminutive amount of time.

Advise your children to always saying, please and thank-you is a grand beginning to feeling grateful and appreciative for the everyday blessings they experience! Ultimately, you want to infuse in your child to intuitively look for the good in all circumstances.

Furthermore, finding a witty way to teach your child the art of gratitude is a lesson that is by no means forgotten, but rather relished for a lifetime. This helps to build blissful memories! The more grateful your child is, the healthier and better-off he will be. Besides, he will come across peaceful and kinder!

Your child will have higher self-esteem and improved relationships with people all around. When a child learns how to consider feeling grateful and thankful, he’ll also naturally be more empathetic.

Practice the Art of Kindness to Show Gratitude

Healthier kids are appreciative and feel grateful for their blessings.
Healthier kids are appreciative and feel grateful for their blessings. | Source

Take Pictures and Remember to Arrange Them in a Photo Album

Every year at the time of your child’s birthday or Thanksgiving, for instance, you can ask your child to snap photos of items that make them happy. when you are up and about the town, or in a park, or a toy store with a digital camera they can get spiffy in snapping pictures.

Later, you can print the images from your computer or help them to create a collage. It's awfully satisfying to hang their art on their bedroom wall, play room or your mantel. After that, you can have your child write in their own words, why a certain photograph makes them feel good. If he agrees to share his feelings with the world, you can publish all of it in an eBook format in places such as ePubBud.

You can ask your child to list ten things they felt thankful for this past year, and get them to crop pictures out of a children’s magazine that reminds them of pleasant things as well. You can add these pictures to their scrapbook or souvenir boxes. Remember, to make the activity amusing, light and snappy, or else your child will lose interest.


Parents Must Set a Good Example for Their Children

Moreover, have your child write, a thank-you note to family and friends who gave them a birthday gift. And get him to mail the notes after they've stamped and addressed the envelopes. In addition, teach your child how post cards make people feel grateful for being a part of their birthday, Thanksgiving dinner, and Christmas celebrations.

Even if your child didn't get what he wanted, or doesn't like a gift, for one reason or another, he should still find a reason to feel grateful, and show kindness. When you're on a tour, you can have your children write thoughtful words on postcards to their family and friends of the places you visited. For sure, they’ll like to do this, and will feel buoyant for considering others, while visiting majestic places like a castle or an adventure park.

It is important for you to set a good example for your children and role play with them often. When your children see your kindness and gentleness, they’ll automatically mimic your attitude. If they see you keeping a gratitude journal, they’ll be more opted to write in one themselves. Naturally, they'll talk more openly about their feelings.

You can also consider volunteering in your local community to show your children how to reach out to people who are in need of assistance. In due course, you'll want your children to see the good in others, regardless of whether they are fond of them or not. They'll find ways to gracefully handle sticky situations, and illustrate kindness more often than not.

Gratitude Is a Learned Skill

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© 2012 Sheila Craan

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