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In a world where obtaining what you want is as easy as clicking a button, it is easy for kids to lose gratitude for the comforts they enjoy. Teach your children how to remain thankful for everything they have with the help of these three simple ideas for fostering gratitude.
1. Develop a Habit of Saying Thank You
Kids learn from example, so the more you show gratitude in your daily life, the more likely they are to follow your lead. Practice saying “thank you” after receiving a gift or service so your children know how to react when they are on the receiving end of a nice gesture.
Anytime someone gives you a gift while you aren’t around, make a point to send them a thank you card. Homemade kids thank you cards are some of the most meaningful types, so don’t be afraid to let your children help you. Teach them how to write an appreciation message on their thank you card.
2. Make a Gratitude List
Creating a gratitude list is a fun family activity that can nurture a sense of thankfulness in your children. Sit down with your kids and invite them to help you come up with a list of things that you are grateful for. You may be surprised at how many ideas your kids come up with. Use personal stationery to make the list more interesting, and let the kids decorate it with custom stickers, markers or crayons. Post the finished list on the refrigerator or any location where it will be seen on a regular basis.
Donating old toys and clothing is a great way to reinforce your child’s gratitude for the things he or she has. Be sure to let your child help pick out the items so that he or she is fully invested in the process and experiences the benefits of directly helping less fortunate children.
These simple ideas for fostering gratitude will help your child recognize the beauty of life and develop thankfulness for everything he or she has. Plus, doing these things with your children will help you develop a greater sense of gratitude as well.