Teaching kids gratitude, appreciation and thankfulness is not easy.
The alternative, however is raising a bratty child who thinks they are entitled to success just for being.
Here are 3 things you can do to foster a sense of gratitude and appreciation:
Play the gratitude game
The gratitude game is where all of the kids sit in a circle and say one thing they are grateful for or have in their life. The game is very interesting after the first few rounds of answers.
The kids have to really think past family, food, shelter, health and think of really specific things that they are grateful for.
One tip is to go quickly through the turns regardless of whether the answer is right or not. Just get them to know that it is safe to say whatever you want.
Get them to say thank you for everything.
Even small thing like when you all go out as a family to eat dinner. Prompt the kids to say thank you for the meal and as they grow up they will develop the habit of saying thank you more often the an average person would.
Have them go without.
I really feel that kids do not need the latest and greatest phone or the newest xbox game. Anything above and beyond basic shelter and food is and should be viewed as a gift.
Entitlement is a slippery slope and needs that feel that they are owed things are not going to do well as adults.
Being thankful for what we have is one of my most core values and beliefs. I would really love for my own children and my students to be able to adopt this value system into their own lives.
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