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6 Ways to Teach Your Children Gratitude

Gratitude is an important quality we should all possess. Feeling gratitude helps boost happiness. Practicing gratitude helps one live in a more positive manner. People who are grateful for what they have can feel less pain, less stress, sleep better, and even have stronger immune systems. *Post Contains Affiliate Links*

Teaching our children early to be grateful can be a wonderful lesson that will serve them throughout their life.

How do you cultivate gratitude in your kids?

Gratitude Journal

Give your children a journal to write in. Teach them how they should write about everything they’re feeling then what they’re life would be like without certain blessings. Also writing occasionally (more like once or twice a week) works well for gratitude journaling.

Serve those in Need

Teaching your children to serve those in need is a blessing for both your child but also the impact it’ll place on the person(s) you’re helping. As they serve those in need they will see the comparison between what they have versus those they are helping. They will also gain respect for those in need by seeing they are people worthy of respect.

Teach Your Child to Say Thank You

Teaching your child to say “Thank you” is not just about manners. Teaching them the value of thanking those who have done them a service or given them a gift is valuable. “Thank you” may take some prompts but any show of gratitude towards other from your child without a prompt should be praised.

Ask Questions to Help Them See What to be Thankful For. Here are some examples….

  • Tell me a time that someone helped you solve a problem
  • Tell about a time you were able to help someone else.
  • What is your favorite place in your house?
  • Talk about the ways someone makes your life better.
  • Choose 3 people to say thank you to today.
  • What was the best part of your day?

Read to Them

There are many picture books and kids books that start the conversation and teach your children about gratitude. Here are some wonderful options.

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson & Jane chapman

I Am Thankful by Suzy Capozzi

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings by Stan & Jan Berenstain

Teach by Example

All parenting tips on how to teach your children a skill, teaching by example should always be on the list. Our kids learn so much by what we do and say. Remember in your own day to day conversations to count your blessings and watch your own negative talk.

 

Sarah

 

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13 Comments

  1. Gratitude for life is so important for mental health and balance. Best to start practicing young! Great tips!

  2. This post reminds me that I need to get my children back to doing their gratitude journals. We did it at the beginning of the pandemic and stopped.

  3. There are some amazing book suggestions on this list – and teaching our kids gratitude is an essential lifeskill. Love this post!

  4. Reading books about being thankful was very helpful when my daughter was younger. Now that she is older, she is able to write her grateful thoughts in her journal.

  5. I especially love the list of suggestions that help them find things to be grateful for. <3

  6. love these suggestions, and isn’t it so wonderful that learning to say ‘thank you’ does so much for us and those around us!!1

  7. Gratitude is very important for happy living. Glad to see that you are teaching this to your child in such an early age.

  8. Oh yes, this is perfect! I’ve been looking for new book recommendations for my little one. Gratitude is everything!

  9. I love these suggestions and I think the books are definitely worth a read. Teaching gratitude is so important!

  10. Monica says:

    This is all such great advice and such a great read. Thank you

  11. Such a wonderful post! I have started since they were tiny to say please and thank you. It helps so much in planting the seed. Love it!

  12. Gratitude is so very important to teach young ones. I will have to check some of these books out!

  13. Gratitude is so important for kids as well as adults. With everything happening in the world, intentional gratitude is a necessity. Great article🙏

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