Life is not fair, and at times 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 children to be grateful for the small and large things in their lives. True gratitude can be instilled through little principals.
Gratitude is having an appreciation for everything you have been blessed with and admitting that these small gifts are a blessing, regardless.According to research, when gratitude is instilled from the early ages of our children’s lives it leads to happier lives. This happiness shows at school, at home, and in the relationships they build with their nearest and dearest, in addition to their friends.
When a child is taught to be grateful from an early age, this positive trait is portrayed even in their adolescence and adulthood. Many men and women who were not raised to be thankful from a tender age tend to struggle with the notion, particularly when they reach adulthood. So, how do you teach children to be appreciative of all things in their own lives – big or small?
Educate by Action
One of the easiest ways to teach your child to be grateful is by exercising the same concept yourself. Children, from a young age, are inclined to mold their behaviors based on how they see grownups behaving. “Grownup” here means parents, relatives, teachers, and any other adult that your child has constant interactions with.
Have you ever heard the expression”practice what you preach?” This is one of those events where it’s advisable to show your little ones that you not only expect them to exercise this act, but you are 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 finest and hardest lesson in raising good people. Giving one’s self to a higher goal, such as teaching gratitude, is among the greatest things we can do for our little ones when they are at a tender and impressionable age.
A simple way to achieve this is by introducing a household routine where everybody sits down to a daily basis and says what they are thankful for, irrespective of how small. This will eventually set the wheels in motion and show your kids that there is much in this world to always be appreciative of.
There is not any better way to educate your kids about love than by caring for those around you. Being generous with what little you’ve allows your kid to start being considerate of others’ feelings, rather than just their own. Encourage your young one to share with the less fortunate or their friends. Instead of constantly considering what they would want for Christmas, why not encourage them to also consider other gifts they want to contribute to the people they love?
We all want to give our kids everything they need, but occasionally buying everything for them can cause more damage than good. You will 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 will not appreciate their possessions. They will always want something shinier and newer because they’ve been brought up with the notion that all they need to do is point and it’s theirs.
Based on their age, your young one can begin giving back to the community. Make helping a community component of your household activity. When your children start interacting with those who are less fortunate, those with health issues, they will begin to be appreciative of little things such as their health, their family, their home, which they might 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 will have to part with an old one.
Instead of just committing these old toys to charity via mail, why not take your child with you to a charity home in which they’ll have the ability to see firsthand the joys their old toys bring to a less fortunate child? This lesson won’t only teach gratitude but empathy also.
You need your kin to understand that things don’t just magically appear when they need them. An excellent 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 want and only then can they buy it – that will educate them about money and its value. It will also enable them to look after their possessions and love what they have. This lesson will also allow them to have a realistic view on what their parents do them.
Sending handwritten’thank-you’ notes is a dying profession and one that we think kids should be invited to take part in. When your child receives gifts, parents should help them to send out thank-you notes to every single person who bought them a present.
This doesn’t only have to be practiced when presents are involved. Encourage them to give thanks to their teachers, their pediatricians, family members, etc. – there are a great deal of opportunities for your child to recognize a kind gesture and be thankful for it.
It’s human nature occasionally to see the world in a negative perspective. Many people complain and despair about small matters (this is extremely normal), but it can be useful if, as a parent, you could perhaps try and always find a silver lining. Educate your child/children to find something positive in every circumstance.