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6 Ways to Raise Grateful Children

by EricaL (follow)
Writer, blogger, Mum-of-two. Advocate for sustainable fashion (recycled-fashion.com) melbourne.kidtown.com.au
What does grateful mean?

Grateful means showing appreciation for something done or received.

It is easy to forget to teach young ones how to be grateful. It is not intentional, because your kid is the centre of your world and you would do just about anything for them. Ungrateful kids however, lead to selfish adults as they grow older. It is important to teach kids an attitude of gratitude when they are still young. Follow these six steps to better your children's future in society:

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1. Manners

Simple manners come with two words “please” and “thank you”. These are the most important words to teach your kids. Reinforce this, and you'll raise a polite child. As a parent, you should encourage your children to use these words daily and regularly.

2. Gift of sharing

Teach your kids to share. Sharing creates empathy, awareness of others and kindness. Make sharing fun for your kids by introducing games and activities where players work towards a common outcome. This could be as simple as taking turns to put a puzzle together or playing video games.

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3. Talk it up when they are grateful

Cheer you kid on when they have shown signs of gratefulness. By doing this you are acknowledging that your child has done a good thing. They will start to feel good about themselves . Thank them for being grateful and they learn from you.

4. Educate your child on the struggles of the world

You don't need to shelter your kids from the wide world. Soon or later, they will find out about poverty, wars, destruction and devastation, whether it be from TV, school or internet. Would it not be better for your child to hear of global issues from you first? Teaching your kids about the world helps them to appreciate what they have, which will then make them realise that other children may not have quite the same childhood as they do. You don’t go too deep into global crisis, but you can introduce your children into the realities of every day struggles for less fortunate communities.

5. Thank you cards

Teach your children to write thank you cards once in a while. Perhaps your kid has received a beautiful gift from a relative or friend, it means so much to show appreciation in return. This can be done at any age, whether they are able to write or not. A picture is just as nice as a lovely message.

6. Stay positive

Focus on your child's positive behaviour. If you notice bad behaviour; be sure to correct and discipline as you see fit.. Do not react but respond. Try to understand why your child feels the way they do, and explain how to handle it in a positive way.

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