Teaching children to be thankful

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A recent study indicates that people who have a thankful attitude are generally happier, more optimistic and are less likely to be affected by stress or problems. Want to know how to teach your kids to be grateful for all that they have? Keep reading to find out more...

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“Thank you, Mummy!” These are sweet-sounding words from my three-year-old daughter every time I give her what she needs or what she asks for. She also says “thank you” to her dad and to others who does a favour for her. At a young age, I can see that she has learned how to be thankful for every kind deed done to her or for anything that is given to her.

A recent study indicates that people who have a thankful attitude also have higher levels of happiness and optimism and are less likely to be affected by stress or problems. As a mother, it makes me feel so proud of my daughter’s attitude. But mind you, our child’s attitude did not come about overnight. It took time for my spouse and me to instil this attitude in our child.

Here are some simple ways to teach your kids about gratitude and being thankful.

Lead by example

Make saying “thank you” a part of your habit. Let your everyday talk be seasoned with gratitude. In this way your kids picks up that attitude. Say “thank you” to your spouse whether or not your child sees or hears you. Also express appreciation to what your child has done or is doing. Whenever we ask any of our kids to pick up a toy on the floor or to hand out something to us, we would always say thank you after they do what we ask for. Aside from saying “thank you”, you can also praise and show your gratitude by saying: “Good job!”, “Well done” or “I’m proud of what you did just now”.

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