With just a little bit of practice and encouragement, children can readily grasp gratitude. This helps them to build a solid foundation for mental health as they grow into adulthood.
Here are five quick, easy (and free!) methods I recommend to encourage an attitude of gratitude in our children:
1. Engage in random acts of kindness.
Children will often spontaneously share a toy or friendly words with a teacher, friend, or relative. Notice when children are acting or speaking in a kind manner and say out loud how much you value their kindness. •
Similarly, allow children to witness you modeling being helpful and kind to others in small or big ways. Children will often replicate our behavior. Noticing and participating in acts of kindness as a family allows for more connection and positive experiences, which we can all be grateful for.
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