The world is truly filled with some miraculous events and experiences. Each day we are able to wake up to a loving family, and spend the day with people who truly care about us. And each night our children can lie down on their sheets, knowing that tomorrow will bring another day full of fun.
But while this is easy to recognize as an adult, children don’t always understand the concept of being grateful for what exists in their own little world. So this fall, before or during Thanksgiving, use these five fun ideas to teach your children how to be thankful and celebrate all of the wonderful things in the world.
1. Be a Model of Gratitude
One of the easiest ways to teach your child about being thankful is by demonstrating it yourself. Your toddler or child admires you greatly, and will try to be exactly like you. Each time you have the opportunity, try to show your gratitude towards everything you have in your life. This can be as simple as showing thanks for a favor, and performing favors for others to show your thankfulness and appreciation of their friendship.
2. Please and Thank You
This may sound simple, but it truly is one of the easiest ways to teach your children gratitude. Each time they say these easy few words, they are showing the world that they care about the kind treatment of others. They are also a direct representation of you, so teaching them good manners will show that your whole family is thankful for all of the great things.
3. Write a List Together
This is a fun activity around Thanksgiving. Sit down with your child, and together write about all of the things that you are grateful for. This could be family members, friends, pets, toys, or anything else – just be sure that your child spends some time reflecting on all of the wonderful things they have in their home and in their life.
4. Always Write Thank You Notes
As the holiday season comes around, your child will most likely be receiving a few gifts from friends and family members that visit. Each time your child gets a new package, make sure they reciprocate this gesture of kindness by writing a thank you letter to the gift giver. Have them handwrite and decorate each one, or if they are too young, simply have them dictate their words to you as you write it yourself. This activity will help them show appreciation for the kind acts of others during the holiday season.
5. Show Your Children That You Are Grateful for Them
Often times parents spend their days seeing their children as chores, yet forget to realize that they are truly a gift and a wonderful part of life. Take some time each day to show your child how thankful you are for them being in your life. This can be through simple praise, or through acts of kindness that they love. Showing your child that you are grateful for them will strengthen your bond together, and will in turn make them equally as thankful for you as a parent.
Give Thanks to the World
The autumn and winter holiday season is a perfect time to give thanks for the world. As Thanksgiving approaches, use these five easy tips to teach your child about gratitude, and to be thankful for all of the wonderful things in our lives.