Teaching kids to be thankful

Teaching kids to be thankful

The topic of thankfulness is in season. Who doesn’t want their kids to show appreciation, gratitude, and be sincerely thankful? We all do. Right? Well, I find in today’s overly connected world of technology, the response I get from my kids always includes them being thankful for on the surface things like video games and family. I want them to really be able to express thankfulness, and I know that comes with time, growth, and experience more than the ones I can give them. Eventhough we are not solely responsible, you and I must continue to show them how to be thankful.

Here are some questions to ask your kids on today:
1. What are 3 things you are thankful for in your life right now?
2. What if you lost every physical possession, what would you be thankful for that remained?
3. How can you snd I help others, this season, that do not have clothing, shelter, etc.?

The answers to these questions will let you know what your child needs to work on in the area of kindness, sharing, gratitude, etc. As with my boys, I’m prepared for “I don’t know” . Be prepared to guide them and to DO something with them to show what gratitude looks like. So often we judge this generation for not knowing. We must show and tell them.

May you and yours have a beautiful Thanksgiving. May you learn and make new traditions together! And remember to hug each other tight.