Life is not fair, and sometimes it’s up to us parents to bring up a kid who will be able to appreciate the small, and big things, that life offers. Most parents strive to teach their kids to be grateful for the small and large things in their own lives. True gratitude can be instilled through small principals.
Gratitude is having an appreciation for everything you have been blessed with and acknowledging that these small gifts are a blessing, regardless.According to research, when gratitude is instilled in the early ages of our children’s lives it leads to happier lives. This happiness shows at college, at home, and in the relationships they build with their loved ones, as well as their friends.
When a child is taught to be thankful from a young age, this positive characteristic is portrayed even in their adolescence and adulthood. Many men and women who weren’t raised to be thankful from a tender age tend to struggle with the concept, particularly when they reach maturity. So, how can you teach kids to be appreciative of all things in their own lives – large or small?
Educate by Action
One of the easiest ways to teach your child to be thankful is by exercising the identical concept yourself. Children, from an early age, tend to mold their behaviors based on how they see grownups behaving. “Grownup” here means parents, relatives, teachers, and some other adult your child has continuous interactions with.
Perhaps you have heard the term”practice what you preach?” This is one of those events where it is advisable to reveal your little ones that you not only expect them to exercise this action, but you’re willing to do the same.
Raising children requires patience, kindness, compassion, responsibility, and the list goes on. When we practice this, our children absorb it. Leading by example is the best and hardest lesson in raising good people. Giving one’s self to a higher purpose, such as teaching gratitude, is among the greatest things we could do for our little ones when they’re at a tender and impressionable age.
A simple way to achieve this is by introducing a family routine where everybody sits down on a daily basis and states what they’re thankful for, irrespective of how small. This will eventually set the wheels in motion and hopefully, show your children that there’s much in this world to always be appreciative of.
There is no better way to teach your kids about love than by caring for those around you. Being generous with what little you’ve allows your child to start being considerate of others’ feelings, rather than just their own. Instead of constantly considering what they would want for Christmas, why not invite them to also consider other gifts they want to contribute to the people they love?
We all want to give our children everything they want, but sometimes buying everything for them may cause more harm than good. You need to teach them to value what they receive without anticipating more. If your child winds up having as many toys as they please, they won’t appreciate their possessions. They will always want something shinier and newer because they’ve been brought up with the idea that they have to do is point and it is theirs.
Depending on their age, your young one can begin giving back to the community. Make helping a community component of your family activity. When your children start interacting with people who are less fortunate, people who have health problems, they will begin to be appreciative of small things like their health, their family, their home, which they would have otherwise taken for granted.
Another lovely tradition to introduce would be inviting your children to donate their old toys to charity. Perhaps instill a”one in, one out” policy where, if they are to get a new toy, then they’ll have to part with an older one. Children tend to form tight bonds with their toys so that this lesson can be very educational for them.
Instead of just donating these old toys to charity through mail, why not take your child with you to a charity house where they’ll be able to see first-hand the joys their old toys bring to a less fortunate child? This lesson won’t only teach gratitude but compassion also.
You need your kin to understand that things don’t just magically appear when they need them. An exceptional way to instill this is by letting them earn their rewards. Start distributing simple chores for their allowance.
Teach them to save up for what they need and only then can they buy it – that will educate them about money and its value. It will also enable them to care for their possessions and love what they have. This lesson will also allow them to have a realistic perspective on what their parents do them.
Sending handwritten’thank-you’ notes is a dying profession and one which we think kids should be invited to participate in. When your kid receives gifts, parents should enable them to send out thank-you notes to each and every person who bought them a gift.
This doesn’t only have to be practiced when gifts are involved. Invite them to give thanks to their teachers, their pediatricians, family members, etc. – there are tons of opportunities for your child to recognize a kind gesture and be thankful for it. If they start young, this habit will become a part of them as they transition into adulthood.
It’s human nature sometimes to see the world in a negative outlook. A lot of us complain and despair about little matters (this is very normal), but it can be helpful if, as a parent, you could perhaps attempt to always find a silver lining. Educate your child/children to find something positive in every circumstance.