When I was young, my mother taught me and my brother to be grateful kids. As we grew up, got married, and built our own families, that value has come along with us. Raising grateful kids isn’t easy. Also, it’s an ongoing task.
According to PBS Parents, kids under seven years of age have difficulty understanding others’ feelings and being motivated to do the right thing. So it falls on parents to teach children a sense of gratitude. After all, people who practice gratitude are overall happier in life. Help your children learn gratitude when they’re young.
Saying “thank you” goes a long way
Teaching our little ones those two words and the meaning will help them understand the meaning of gratitude. Start by being a role model. Thanking your child when he helps around the house or does something nice for someone else shows him that you respect him and are grateful for his contributions.
Create an awareness
Another way to raise grateful kids is to ask them on a daily basis what they’re grateful for. This will allow them to think about their daily blessings. You can also share with your child what you are grateful for in order to reinforce that being grateful something to be proud of.
I have also learned that giving kids everything they ask for doesn’t help raise grateful kids. Sometimes it is difficult, because we want to give our kids all we didn’t have when we were their age, but as parents, it is our responsibility to help our children understand the value and the difference between wanting and needing. In the end, this will result in a positive outcome.
Believe me, if your children learn to be grateful, they will thank you when they grow up and go through the process of raising their own kids.
Are you trying to raise grateful kids? What are your tips?