Role Modeling Gratitude for Your Children

Feeling gratitude for what you have is one thing, but having a little one in your life also provides that sweet opportunity to guide them on their own path of gratitude. And who better to do it than you?

Benefits of Gratitude

Gratitude is one of the best ways you can model global citizenship. It’s an exercise in thinking about what we have, instead of focusing on wants. In fact, studies show that gratitude contributes to happiness, health, and healthier relationships.

Try these strategies with your child to help them learn how to practice gratitude in their everyday lives.

The Power of Thank You

Saying “thank you” begins at an early age. Teaching “role modeling gratitude” to your children is a great way to encourage them to say “thank you” on a regular basis. Encourage your child by offering gentle reminders like, “Your brother let you go first. What should you say to him?” or “What do you say to Grandma for giving you a cookie?”

“Thank you” appropriately and on a regular basis will help instill respect and consideration for others.

Role Model Gratitude

Children develop a sense of right and wrong by observing the choices made by their role models. These role models can be family members, friends or even the children themselves. By modeling gratitude, you show your child that it is good to practice gratitude and to express it.

Gratitude is a much-talked-about emotion these days, and with good reason. There are easy ways to help your kids experience this beneficial emotion. For example, when you find yourself passing by things that your kids take for granted, such as clean towels or their pet dog, try mentioning it. Also, share stories of when you were grateful or felt appreciation in your own life. What are you waiting for? There’s never been a better time to start modeling gratitude and what better gift can we give our children than this one?

Ideas to Express Gratitude

Demonstrate how you experience gratitude: Write a thankful note to someone who has supported you. Do a random act of kindness for others. Work on being more grateful yourself, and it will be more likely that your children will imitate you.

Gratitude is a powerful emotion. It can help us feel happier, healthier, and more connected to other people. However, learning to be grateful isn’t always easy, especially for kids!


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