There’s no time like the present to model an attitude of gratitude. Being able to recognize the things in our lives that bring us happiness and joy is actually a skill that is learned. Being thankful, or grateful can go by the wayside if we don’t model grateful behavior in our children and foster a mindset of gratitude in them as well.
Here are 5 WAYS THAT WE CAN HELP KIDS BE GRATEFUL. Grateful people are happier people, so it’s a win/win.
SAY THANK YOU
Saying “Thank you” to those who serve us should be a daily occurrence. It should not be limited to other adults or people in the community that help us out. We need to also say thank you to our children when they do something nice at home. It shows them that we notice and appreciate their efforts and sets the state for future gratuitous interactions.
TEACH BY EXAMPLE
Teaching your children by example can be the hardest or the easiest task. It’s hard if we are out of practice, easy if this is something we routinely do. Our children notice if we are thankful for what we have and if we take the time to say “thank you”. It’s important for children to see adults modeling behavior that we expect of them, and it becomes easy for them to do what we are doing if we do it consistently.
Serving others provides one of the best ways to model gratitude because people who serve others can’t help but feel good about what they are doing.
Let your children help you come up with ideas for ways to serve others in the family, neighborhood, and community. Children need to know that they can give of their time and talents in significant ways that can help others. This is such an important life lesson!
SPEND TIME WITH YOUR KIDS
Spending quality time with your kids is super important because it allows you to give them something that they know is a valuable commodity.
Giving them your undivided attention shows them that they are important and that you are grateful for what THEY bring to your family. In spending time together, your child will be able to get to know YOU and at the same time give back a bit of themselves. It’s a basic but vitally important way to show gratitude in the family unit.
MAKE A GRATITUDE LIST
Write a gratitude list, make a gratitude drawing or contribute to a gratitude jar. There is something about physically writing down or drawing things to be grateful for that makes them more concrete and elevates their well-being. This exercise is something that can be done daily and discussed as a family or just put into journal form for individual review.