As a mother or father, it can be so tempting to spoil your kids, at least a little bit, especially during the holidays. Sure, it is okay to regale them with gifts every so often, it is also essential they learn to appreciate what they have already. Being grateful is very important character feature, that is why we made this little list, to help you raise a grateful children.
Any child can easily see if you are thankful for the things that come into your life and whether you share that thanks with the people who brought it into your life. Everyone knows parents are the main role models in children’s lives so you need to be sure you are grateful yourself.
Try introducing gratefulness as a game. Focus on small things, ask your children to say at least one thing they are grateful for per day. It is like a simple game you can play during long drives and also there are so many ways to play this game, just use your imagination. Perhaps even the little ones will think of some new rules. By making gratefulness a game, you are allowing your children to learn about all the things they can be grateful for while not making it to serious.
Be sure to focus on the reason why we are or should be grateful. It is one thing to say that we are grateful for a warm weather and the other to dig a little deeper, like acknowledging we are grateful for the sun shining because it makes us smile. Are you grateful simply because of things that happen or have you been made grateful at the core of who you are? Quite a difference, is not it?
Everything has some benefits
Gratefulness should not cherish only the good things. If you are teaching your toddler to be grateful, then do not miss the chance to express gratefulness when things are less pleasant. Have you ever thought you can be grateful after a car accident in which no one was hurt or maybe a little simpler example, you can be grateful for a rainy day only because crops need the rain to grow? You can apply this to any situation, so be sure to teach this your children too.
Introducing children to gratitude is quite difficult. You might want to begin with teaching children to say 'thank you' for the nice things that others do for them and surely for the gifts he receives. Perhaps you will want to thank for the food you have on the table before the meal. You could point out that the vegetables or bread you eat come from seeds planted, nurtured, watered, harvested, packaged, transported and sold by store keepers, which means, the process involved plenty of people who worked really hard to put food on your table.
Of course you know you will not raise a grateful child in a day. This process will require a lot of time and patience. After all, the work you will be completed will surely pay off.