Teaching The Kids An Attitude Of Gratitude

Something that all kids, young or old can benefit from is learning how to be grateful for all the good things they have. However, in the often product driven world they inhabit it can be all too easy for them to get swept up in the next trend and forget the things they already have. Not to mention the fact that they aren't taught to appreciate the non-materialist things in life. The thing like love and kindness that are often the most important! To remedy this, you can teach the kids about having an attitude of gratitude. Something that many people say is a skill that teaches more than just appreciation but also happiness. Read on to find out more.

Saying thank you

One way to instill an attitude of gratitude in your kids is to encourage them to say please and thank you at appropriate times. Yes, this is a very simple thing to do, but it can work wonders in teaching them how much others do for them.

For example, if you get them into the habit of saying thank for their meals, ultimately they will come to realize that they do this because someone has gone to the time and effort of producing these for them. Something that is important for the growth and development into well-adjusted adults.

Thank you notes

Next, a great practice that can help to develop an attitude of gratitude is getting the kids to write short notes when they receive a gift. An excellent way to do this is t get some personalized thank you cards from sites like with your family's name on.

Then you can keep a stock of them in the house, and when the little ones are given a present, you can ask them to complete this task. Something that will help them acknowledge and appreciate what they have been given.

Gratitude diary

For the older kids, something known as a gratitude diary like the one talked about at can be helpful. This is a log book of sorts that they can record one to three things each day that they are truly grateful for. This is something that focuses the kids' mind on the positives in each day, and it can really help boost their mood.

Use a blank notebook or diary to record things the kids are grateful for.

It is also something that can produce a helpful record to look back on over time. Something that can be great if they feel they have had a bad week, as it can help to provide a more balanced view of life instead of that ol’ good or bad, black and white cognitive distortion so many of us are guilty of.

It is also worthwhile because it can be really insightful for the parents, and you just may be surprised to find out what they are grateful for. Something that can help you feel a bit more appreciated as well as giving you a better idea of the things that are important in your child's life.

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