How do you get your kid to show a little gratitude?
My son is the baby of the family and full of attitude.
His cup runneth over if you know what I mean.
So I started last year small.
(Okay, embarrassingly small.)
Right before bedtime we took turns saying-
“I love you God.”
“Thank you for my day God.”
“I’m grateful for…”
My son is 7 and almost every night he is grateful for our puppy.
(Who is now over a year- but still called puppy.)
I, on the other hand , try to dig- sometimes very deeply and find something I am grateful for in my day.
Often, my son will question me.
“Why are you grateful for that?”
Like last night…
I said I was very grateful for how hard he worked on his homework.
(He had make up work which tripled the daily dose.)
“Really?” He said in disbelief.
I told him I was very proud of him and how hard he tries.
“Thanks Mom” he said.
Or the other night, when I had a horrible day.
I told him I was grateful for it because I learned from it.
I could appreciate all the other days even more so.
What started out as a very simple way to verbalize our daily blessings had turned into much more for my son and I.
We started sharing our hearts.
It has also become an excellent way for me to communicate the values I want my son to cherish.
Grateful reflection has brought us closer.
By improving my attitude my son’s has improved.
Along the way we took bigger steps.
Donating our time and money to people in need.
But it all began with a simple ritual.
The steps were quite easy as I look back.
Three Easy Gratitude Steps For You And Your Child:
2. Appreciation which can be done verbally or written- but daily.
3. Show gratitude in your life.
Go out of your way to thank and help others.
Being Thankful or Grateful is a magical way to reach the top!
God Bless you and your family this Thanksgiving.
I’m very grateful for my blog readers : )