Teaching Children to be Grateful
Many of us live in a society where we pretty much get everything we need, and want. In this age of credit cards if we haven’t got the money in our bank account, we use the good old plastic and figure out how to pay for it at a later date. It is no surprise that we have become less appreciative of our ‘material possessions’ when we can have every at our fingertips.
With Thanksgiving almost upon us, here are some ways to teach children to be grateful:
- Do not spoil them, don’t always give in to their wants.
- Make them earn money in order to buy something they want.
- Teach them the value of money.
- Expect them to write a thank you note upon receiving a gift.
- Remember less is more!
- Play the gratitude game – let each child have time to say what they are grateful for.
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter.
- Encourage your child to start a journal and to write down each day something they are thankful for. Even a nice warm coat on a cold frosty morning is something to be thankful for.
- Be nice to others.
- Encourage your child to buy a gift for someone less fortunate than themselves.
Remember gratitude is a skill. Gratitude can and does increase our children’s happiness. Teach your child to be grateful for what they have.