Teach kids Gratitude
Is not in my experience an easy and graceful task. At least not for my girlies.
But I know that by training our minds to look for gratitude, to look for the good things in life, we can, in fact, train our mind to keep looking for them, and this, this is something that is important to teach my girls, for me and my husband.
So back in 2014 the girls and I made the above gratitude tree as part of our November celebration and part of getting ready for the holiday season and Thanksgiving. The girls helped me color in the tree and then they each helped write what was on each of the leaves and we added to it as the month went on.
And for the ages of my girls this perfect for their attention span, their need to do everything with their hands, and lots of color and texture.
We didn’t do it this year though, partially because I didn’t think of it, and also because we have a new piece of furniture on that wall. But we do have a daily practice around gratitude.
Every night as we all sit down for our evening meal everyone is says something they are grateful for. Preferably something from that day if it is time specific, so this time of year you can’t simply say that it is one day closer to Christmas, you have to also say something else.
Small or big, it’s all good. Just the other day my youngest actually said she was grateful for one of her sisters, which is a big first for her, and considering how she has been treating them lately, really good to hear.
It is a nice ritual to set the tone of the meal, calm everyone down, take turns listening because we can’t hear if we all go at once, and let everyone have a chance to say something, which in a family of six can be a small miracle in itself at times.
How do you teach gratitude to your kids? How do you practice it yourself, and is it something you model?