Life isn’t fair, and sometimes it’s up to us parents to develop a child who will be able to appreciate the small, and big things, that life offers. Most parents strive to teach their children to be thankful for the little and big things in their lives. True gratitude can be instilled through little principals.
Gratitude is having an appreciation for everything you’ve 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, as well as their friends.
When a child is taught to be thankful from an early age, this positive characteristic is portrayed even in their adolescence and maturity. Lots of men and women who were not raised to be thankful from a tender age often struggle with the concept, particularly when they reach maturity. So, how do you teach children to become appreciative of all things in their own lives – large or small?
Teach by Action
One of the easiest ways to teach your child to be thankful is by exercising the same concept yourself. Children, from a young age, tend to mold their behaviors based on how they see grownups behaving. “Grownup” here means parents, relatives, teachers, and some other adult your child has constant interactions with.
Have you ever heard the term”practice what you preach?” This is one of those events where it’s advisable to reveal your little ones which you not only expect them to exercise this act, but you’re willing to do the same.
Raising children requires patience, kindness, compassion, responsibility, and the list continues. When we practice this, our kids absorb it. Leading by example is the best and hardest lesson in raising good men and women. Giving one’s self to a higher purpose, for example teaching gratitude, is one of 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 family routine where everyone 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 hopefully, show your children that there’s much in this world to always be appreciative of.
There’s no better way to teach your children about love than by caring for those around you. Being generous with what little you have allows your child to start being considerate of others’ feelings, rather than just their own. Instead of constantly considering what they’d want for Christmas, why not invite them to also think of other gifts they want to contribute to the people they love?
Most of us want to give our children everything they want, but sometimes buying everything for them can cause more damage than good. You will need to teach them to appreciate what they receive without anticipating more. If your kid winds up having as many toys as they please, they won’t appreciate their possessions. They will always want something shinier and newer because they have been brought up with the idea that all they need to do is point and it is theirs.
Depending on their age, your young one can start giving back to the community. Make helping a community component of your household activity. Start volunteering at a nursing home, at homeless shelters, etc.. When your kids start interacting with people who are less fortunate, those with health issues, they will start to be appreciative of little things like their health, their family, their home, which they would have otherwise taken for granted.
Another lovely tradition to present 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 receive a new toy, then they’ll need to part with an old one.
Instead of simply donating these older toys to charity through mail, why don’t you take your child with you to a charity house where they will have the ability to see firsthand the joys their older toys bring to a less fortunate child? This lesson won’t only teach gratitude but compassion also.
You need your kin to understand that things do not just magically appear when they need them. An excellent way to instill this is by letting them make their rewards.
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’ll also enable them to look after their possessions and appreciate what they have. This lesson will also allow them to have a realistic perspective on what their parents do them.
Sending handwritten’thank-you’ notes is a dying profession and one that we think children should be encouraged to participate in. When your child receives presents, parents should enable them to send out thank-you notes to each and every person who bought them a present.
This doesn’t only have to be practiced when gifts are involved. Invite them to give thanks to their teachers, their pediatricians, family members, etc. – there are tons of opportunities for your child to recognize a kind gesture and be thankful for it. If they start young, this habit will become a part of them as they transition to adulthood.
It’s human nature sometimes to view the world in a negative outlook. A lot people complain and despair about little matters (this is extremely normal), but it can be useful if, as a parent, you could perhaps try and always find a silver lining.