By AM Northwest Staff
As you sit down to dinner with your family tomorrow, most likely you will give thanks for the wonderful food in front of you and the people you love, but how do you instill a sense of thanks in your children not just on Thanksgiving, but every day?
We had suggestions from early childhood educator Janet Davis.
Raising Grateful Children
Its never too early to start the lessons of gratitude.
The important lesson of saying thank-you
Give love not rewards
Be a role model for your child
Children dont miss a thing, set a good example.
Its the little things that count
Pay attention to the everyday things that we sometimes take for granted
and verbally acknowledge them
Volunteering at community Thanksgiving meals and delivering Christmas boxes are a great ways to teach compassion and thankfulness but smaller deeds teach as large a lesson year round
Look for the good in every situation
Teach your children that something good comes from every bad situation.
Acknowledge your gratitude
Keep a gratitude journal, not just a great idea for you children but a good reminder for parents as well. Children too young to write&have them draw a picture and tell Mom or Dad what to write
While saying goodnight share what you were thankful for that day
I would like to end with a very important message
Gratitude is an attitude
People with a grateful attitude are happier, more resilient and less depressed. ï¾ They also have higher self esteem and better relationships!
For more information visit Janet's website.