Teaching our children gratitude starts with teaching to appreciate what they have already which will naturally begin to curb the desire for them to want what they don’t and also saying ”Thank you” when you are rendered any kind of help or service.Teaching children an attitude of gratitude requires helping them to take the good from every situation they find themselves.
These tips below should help you :
TEACH THEM TO SERVE:When we take our eyes off ourselves in order to help those around us we can’t help but discover joy in the process.it doesn’t have to be complicated. We can show them how to set the table, prepare dinner for the rest of the family, even hold the door in school for the next person to pass, help with their younger sibling either with dressing them up or playing with them.
TEACH THEM TO VALUE HARD WORK:Hardwork naturally produces gratitude especially in this microwave generation where everyone wants overnight success which unfortunately has in turn caused many of us to devalue the concept of hard work.We need to teach our children to be diligent workers in everything they do whether it be at home , school or their extracurricular activities.One way to do that is by giving them age appropriate chores.
BE AN EXAMPLE TO THEM::As parents we have the strongest influence on our children no matter their age.This influence could have a positive or negative impact to either strengthen our relationship or push them away.Let your daily living set an example for them, as they see us serve in our relationships, in our communities and even in church.
REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF GIFTS YOU BUY:Every parent loves giving gifts to their child, especially as it lights up their faces and it’s a good thing.But we should try not to go overboard in the amount, frequency and cost.More than anything else in the world our children need us.
GET THEM INVOLVED IN GIVING TO A WORTHY CAUSE IN THE COMMUNITY:Go with your child/children routinely to donate books, clothes to homeless, shelters, ministries that have genuine need for items they don’t use anymore or take for granted and little amount from their piggy bank for a cause.
CREATE A DIY GRATITUDE JOURNAL:At the beginning of the holidays , I got my children a notepad and encourage them to write about their day and three things they are grateful for and in doing this each day it has a bigger impact on them than we suspect, it opens their eyes to the blessings they are surrounded with.
SOME BENEFITS OF TEACHING CHILDREN GRATITUDE
* Gratitude makes them happier
* It helps to improve their overall well-being because gratitude is proven to improve physical and mental health
* Grateful kids are less materialistic, less self-centered and more optimistic
* Gratitude helps kids to stay resilient in hard times
* Being grateful reduces jealousy and the need to have “more”
Gratitude is not something you learn over night which is why it is advice to start early so you don’t raise entitled adults.
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