Life is unfair, and sometimes it depends on us parents to raise children who will be able to appreciate the small, big things that life offers. Most parents try to teach their children to be grateful for small and big things in their lives. Sincere gratitude can be instilled through the small principal
Gratitude is an appreciation for everything that has been blessed to you and acknowledges that this little gift is a blessing, regardless of anything. According to research, when gratitude is instilled at an early age in the lives of our children, it leads to a happier life. This happiness is seen in school, at home, and in the relationships they build with their loved ones, and their friends.
When a child is taught to be grateful from an early age, these positive characteristics are described even in adolescence and adulthood. Many people who are not raised to give thanks from a young age tend to struggle with this concept, especially when they reach adulthood. So how can you teach children to respect everything in their lives – big or small?
Teach with Action
One of the simplest ways to teach your child to be grateful is to use the same concept themselves. Children, from an early age, tend to shape their behavior based on how they see adults behave. “Adults” means parents, siblings, teachers, and other adults who interact with your child constantly.
Have you ever heard the term “practice what you preach?” This is one occasion where it is suggested to show your little ones that you not only expect them to do this, but you are also willing to do the same.
Raising children requires patience, kindness, compassion, responsibility, and the list continues. When we practice this, our children absorb it. Leading by example is the best and most difficult lesson in raising good people. Giving oneself to higher goals, such as teaching gratitude, is one of the best things we can do for our little ones when they are in a soft and easily influenced age.
A simple way to achieve this is by introducing a family routine where everyone sits every day and says what they are grateful for, regardless of how small it is. This will eventually move the wheels and hopefully, show your children that there are many things in this world that are always valued.
There is no better way to teach your children about love than by caring for the people around you. Being generous with what you have allows your child to start paying attention to other people’s feelings, and not just their own feelings. Encourage your young people to share with the less fortunate or their friends. Instead of always considering what they want for Christmas, why not encourage them to also think of other gifts they want to give to their loved ones?
We all want to give our children everything they want, but sometimes buying everything for them can cause more harm than good. You need to teach them to appreciate what they receive without expecting more. If your child finally has as many toys as they want, they will not appreciate their possessions. They will always want something more radiant and newer because they grew up with the idea that all they need to do is point and that is theirs.
Depending on their age, your young children can start giving back to the community. Make helping the community a part of your family activities. Start volunteering at nursing homes, at homeless shelters, etc. When your children start interacting with those who are less fortunate, those who have health problems, they will begin to appreciate small things like health, family, their homes, which they should just accept.
Another wonderful tradition to be introduced is to encourage your children to donate their old toys to charity. Probably instilling a “one in, one out” policy where, if they want to get new toys, they have to part with the old one. Children tend to form close bonds with their toys so this lesson can be very educational for them.
Instead of just donating these old toys to charity in the mail, why not take your child to a charity house where they will be able to see first hand the fun their old toys bring to disadvantaged children? This lesson not only teaches gratitude but also compassion.
Let them work for him
You need your relatives to understand that things don’t just magically appear when they want them. The best way to embed this is to let them get a prize. Start distributing simple tasks for their pocket money.
Teach them to save for what they want and then they can buy it – this will educate them about money and value. It will also allow them to care for their property and appreciate what they have. This lesson will also enable them to get a realistic perspective on what their parents are doing.
Push “Thank You” Note
Sending handwritten ‘thank you’ notes is a profession that is dying and we think children should be encouraged to participate. When your child receives a gift, parents must help them send a thank you note to everyone who bought them presents.
This should not only be practiced when the prize is involved. Encourage them to thank their teachers, their pediatricians, family members, etc. – There are many opportunities for your child to recognize good movements and be grateful for them. If they start young, this habit will become part of them when they turn to adulthood.
Glass Always Half Full
Human nature sometimes sees the world in a negative perspective. Many of us complain and despair about small things (this is very normal), but it would be very helpful if, as a parent, you might be able to try and always find the wisdom. Teach your child to find something positive in every situation.