Thanksgiving is a national holiday meant to (literally) celebrate the blessing of harvest with family and friends. But wouldn’t it be more amazing if our children learns the value of gratitude not just on Turkey Day? Indeed, it is meaningful to raise our child to give thanks and appreciation to everything that life offered her.
Let’s empower our parenting strategies and instill thankfulness among our kids even on little things. Check these practical ways on how to mold your child to be grateful in life:
Walk the Talk. Before you become an effective teacher to your kids, you have to model them the right behaviour. Note that your child watches your actions and as great imitators, they will copy your statements and actions. As such, be careful with your words and actions. Show them how grateful you are with life’s blessings by saying “Mommy’s work is really tough but I’m grateful that it provides us our basic needs” or “Let’s make a thank you card for Grandpa for looking after you while I’m out of the country.”
Encourage Social Responsibility. Aside from teaching your child the importance of personal responsibility, encouraging them to be socially responsible will do wonders in their growth and development. Reaching out to charity by donating their used clothes and toys or giving out packed meals to street children are activities that they can do with your support. By exposing them to the realities of life, they will learn to appreciate more of what they have and experience the joy of receiving and hearing gratitude from the less fortunate.
Say Thanks Year-Round. Make everyday a Thanksgiving Day. encourage your children to pen their thoughts before sleep time on the things that they are thankful for the day despite certain challenges that they experienced. Such routine will inspire them to stay strong amid difficulties in school and will shape them to be grateful of the gift of family, friends and good health.