Want to Instill a Sense of Gratitude in Your Kids? Try These 3 Easy Ideas to Help! by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

Parenting
2 months ago
Want to Instill a Sense of Gratitude in Your Kids? Try These 3 Easy Ideas to Help!

I have two boys. One says “thank you” for everything, without being prompted. He is naturally grateful, appreciative of everything and everyone. Gratitude just doesn’t come as naturally for my other son. As a result, my husband and I have been working on instilling a sense of gratitude in him. 

  • When we discuss our days, we highlight what we’re grateful for. 
  • We do the same during bedtime prayers. 
  • I also bought gratitude journals for my son and me. 

While this has not been an overnight success, I can see signs of progress. I think modeling gratitude helps; if we want our kids to recognize the value of gratitude and its role in our happiness, I believe we must live a grateful life ourselves.

"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Nancy Dafoe
Showing (through modeling behaviors) rather than simply telling--good advice. It's funny, but showing not telling is the same advice we give to young writers to become better narrators.
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
We say the same thing to actors! :)
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
This is wonderful, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead ! I have a similar situation in my household (and always wonder why that happens, since the kids were raised the same, ha). Love what you're doing to instill a sense of gratitude, which is such a huge foundation for life.
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Yes! I marvel at this all the time- how can two kids raised in the same home by the same parents be SO different?!
Erin Musto
It is my goal to raise children with strong and gracious souls

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