8 ways to teach tots grat­i­tude

8 WAYS TO TEACH TOTS GRAT­I­TUDE

201 Family - - CONTENTS - – COM­PILED BY AMELIA DUGGAN

1

Lead by ex­am­ple. Chil­dren are quick to mimic their par­ents’ be­hav­ior, so make a point of ex­press­ing your own grat­i­tude when kind­ness is shown or a gift given. Chil­dren will learn to fol­low suit quickly and it will stay with them through­out their lives.

2

“Please” and “Thank you” go a long, long way. A baby’s first words may be mama or dada, but it’s never too early to put please and thank you in a child’s vo­cab­u­lary.

3

For Thanks­giv­ing, ask young chil­dren to make a list of five things they are grate­ful for and also ask them to draw a pic­ture that ex­presses the sen­ti­ment.

4

Kids are fas­ci­nated by park­ing me­ters, so the next time you are in a down­town shop­ping dis­trict and you’re ready to leave, in­vite your child to put some ex­tra money in the me­ter for the next shop­per who comes along.

5

While chil­dren are mak­ing their hol­i­day wish lists, ask them to also make a list of gifts they would like to give to the spe­cial peo­ple in their lives. It will teach them to be un­selfish and to con­sider oth­ers’ wants and needs.

6

Cre­ate a box of home­made thank-you notes. Kids are al­ways look­ing for an art project, so why not make some­thing use­ful? The thank-you note will seem like less of a chore if it’s cre­ated for fun rather than by re­spon­si­bil­ity. Then, it will be given with pride and love as a to­ken of es­teem.

7

One good turn de­servers an­other. If your child is on the re­ceiv­ing end of a kind­ness, en­cour­age the child to re­turn it when it’s least ex­pected. The el­e­ment of sur­prise will make it more like a game and you can plot when it will take place, re­in­forc­ing the mes­sage.

8

The glass is al­most al­ways half full. If chil­dren are taught to be pos­i­tive from a young age, they will see a world full of op­por­tu­nity and po­ten­tial. In turn, they will be nat­u­rally grate­ful for life’s beauty and be in­clined to be open to its in­fi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.