When you think about Thanksgiving – what’s the first thing you think about? For me and my family, I think about the food, the memories, but most importantly the family traditions my parents instilled in me. And you know what’s at the center of those family traditions? Gratitude. Finding every way possible to find gratitude in new things. Whether that’s in big or small gestures, it’s something that I think is very important to teach my kiddos even starting at a young age. If you’re struggling with ways to inspire gratitude in your kids, look no further. Here a few ways we celebrate gratitude as a family:
Help Them Understand Feelings:
That means helping them understand their own feelings and the feelings of others. Lettings them know how they should be processing their emotions and also their peers and loved ones help them show gratitude for others’ presence in their lives.
Remind Them They’re Loved
Let your kiddos know they not only are loved. but maybe have relationships that others aren’t always privileged with helps them become thankful for certain things. Knowing they have a huge team of support makes them not only grateful but willing to do the same for others.
Communicate Gratitude To Them
Put simply, if you want your kiddos to understand something, explain it to them! You can start out by telling them what you’re grateful for and why it matters to you. Ask them what they think gratitude means and why think it should be important. Connecting with your kiddos on an intellectual level can help them understand things easier, no matter how young or old they are.
What are some of your favorite ways to inspire gratitude in your kids? Let us know in the comments below!