No parent among us wants to raise a spoiled child. We’re all doing our very best to raise grateful kids.
Even still, I find myself grumbling about kids today (including my own). They want everything, need for nothing, and yet still remain unsatisfied!
If this scenario sounds all too familiar, it’s time to join me on the track toward raising a thankful kid.
Take a look at 5 ways we as parents can work with our kids to instill a sense of gratitude and personal fulfillment – after the jump!
Practice personal gratitude: Parents, the very first step is working on ourselves. Make a list of things for which you are most grateful and proudly display it in your home. Read your list aloud to your family, and go throughout your day speaking affirmations of gratitude for your family to hear. “I’m so thankful for our Friday movie nights getting to snuggle with you guys,” you might say. In time, you’ll notice your family begin to express verbal gratitude as well. It may not happen overnight, but it will happen.
Teach your child to give back: There’s nothing quite like giving to encourage us to take inventory of everything we have to be thankful for! For 5 simple and fun ways to teach your kids to give back, click here.
Say no: If it feels like the more you give your kids, the less they appreciate it, you’re not alone. When we say no as parents, we’re actually saying yes – yes to principle of appreciating what we already have, yes to delayed gratification, and ultimately, yes to raising kids who appeciate when we do say yes!
Enlist their help: You’re so good at managing your household, you make raising a family look easy. So easy in fact that your efforts are often overlooked. Enlist the help of your kids with child-friendly tasks around the house. With a little hard work and elbow grease, your kids will come to understand how much work goes into things like preparing meals, doing laundry, and cleaning the house.
Say Thank You to your everyday heroes: You don’t have to wait for Grandparents Day to tell your child’s grandparents how special they are, or Teacher Appreciation Day to celebrate your child’s teacher. Nor do you have to win a championship to thank your child’s coach. Involve your child in identifying the people who make a difference in their lives and brainstorm ideas on how to creatively show your appreciation. Start with choosing one special person a month and decide whether you want to bake them a special treat, have your child draw them a pretty picture, or simply write a sincere note of thanks.
The wonderful thing about gratitude is that is can be practiced as part your family’s daily living. Don’t delay; start today and embrace the positive change gratitude can bring to your family!
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