As we rake the leaves, sweep up the candy wrappers, and prepare to dive deeply into the festivities and traditions that warmly comfort the season of Thanksgiving, we can all find solace in the power of gratitude. Gratitude creates a force of connection between people and all things, for when we are grateful we are at peace with nature, others and ourselves.
Gratitude in Our Everyday Lives
As we explore this opportunity to foster creative activities and learning experiences for our children, we can also embrace the tools of gratitude to extend beyond this season and into our everyday lives. In fact, it is widely researched with profound findings that children who exhibit true attributes of gratitude are more connected with their family, friends, community, and are most likely to reach out to those in need. Grateful children also prove to be very successful in their career ambitions and consistently report high standards of happiness in their lives.
Fun Ways to Instill Gratitude in Children
While we all want our children to be grateful, it takes more than just teaching them common manners. Here are some fun ideas and activities that may help you to foster an atmosphere of lifelong gratitude in your home.
Try these methods to instill a mind-set of gratitude in your little ones.
Say “Thank You”
When the words “thank you” are instilled in our vocabulary at home, a lifelong practice begins, even if it doesn’t stick at first.
Set an example and show appreciation by conveying that you paid attention to real effort: “Your room looks so nice with the toys in their bins. I’m so happy that you remembered to put them away!”
Teach through Role Play
If your little one is too shy to say “thank you” in a social setting, they can pretend to teach their stuffed animals or dolls to do so, while you play along.
Create Daily or Weekly Routines
A regular question, “What are you most thankful for today?” can serve as a comforting routine at bedtime or a highlight of a weekly dinner ritual.
Give Concrete Examples
At dinner, you can play the Rose and Thorn game, where the person whose turn it is to speak holds a rose and tells about one rose (a good thing) and one thorn (a challenging thing). A metaphor like the rose helps children develop gratitude even when things aren’t going their way.
Make Giving and Volunteering a Habit
Set aside toys and clothing in good condition. Deliver the items to a deserving cause together. Talk about the process and why you care.
Create Gratitude Gift Lists
Alongside a holiday or birthday gift wish list, for every item, family members can list something they are grateful for. These are the “priceless” gifts. By generating the list in a beautiful way, you demonstrate how valuable the alternate list is; it can be a keepsake for years to come.
Thank Those Who Serve
Your example of acknowledging those who quietly make a difference in your life, from the bus driver to the person sweeping up the aftermath of a family lunch out, sends a powerful message to your children.
Kids can’t be cajoled into showing appreciation, but your gentle efforts and examples will instill gratitude as a way of life.
Make dinner a family event where everyone is encouraged to share their daily experiences. Point out examples of gratitude and ask them how the experience made them feel.
A Reason to Celebrate
Throughout the month of November, we’ll be sharing Instagram and Facebooks posts related to gratitude. I hope you join the team at Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny as we celebrate an “attitude of gratitude.”
Happy Thanksgiving season from the team at Boston Baby Nurse and Nanny.
Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny Services
The care of your children is our highest priority. Connecting families with warm, responsible, and trustworthy caregivers is what we do best. Our team will meet with your family, identify qualified caregivers, and hand-select the best candidates for you to meet with.
With the recent uncertainties of the world caused by Covid-19, many families are struggling to find the balance between keeping their children healthy and providing an academic education that provides essential social interaction for children in their formative years.
Night wakings can be exhausting for parents and lack of sleep can leave parents feeling scattered and foggy. An overnight newborn care expert provides care so sleep deprived parents can get a good night of sleep. Your baby needs sleep and so do you.
Your Newborn Care Expert will care for your infant and create a stimulating environment that will help foster your baby’s development.
Our trained professionals can teach you how to best care for your baby. Many parents have questions about how to bathe their babies, how to swaddle, or a host of other questions. We also offer a variety of breastfeeding support and lactation services designed to help support and maximize your breastfeeding experience.
One in four children under the age of five has a sleep issue. Most children’s sleep issues are behavioral and not medical. If your child is struggling with sleep issues, you are not alone.