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An Attitude of Gratitude

By Too Small to Fail

Grateful children are a delight, but gratitude means more than just good manners. Instilling a sense of gratitude in children is an important part of healthy social-emotional development. Studies show that gratitude can benefit children by bettering relationships with their peers and family, improving school performance and decreasing envy and materialism. 

We know that teaching gratitude to little ones is important, although it may not always be easy. Here are some tips and resources that can help parents and caregivers raise thankful children all year long:

  • Be a role model! This Everyday Health article explains that being a role model is one of the most important things you can do; when you model gratitude, you’re teaching your little one, too! Sharing your appreciation for things you receive like gifts and food, and even small gestures, like strangers holding open the door for you will help your child recognize the importance of being grateful.

  • Engage in meaningful conversations with your child! Our friends at Harvard University suggest parents and children ask each other questions about their day and talking about thoughts, feelings, and experiences. For example, you can ask, “What was the best part of your day? What was the hardest part?” or “What’s something nice someone did for you today? What’s something nice you did for someone?”

Tip of the Week: Sing a song about being thankful!

Make up your own lyrics to a children’s song with repetition, like Row, Row, Row, Your Boat, and sing with your little one about all the things you’re thankful for this week! You might sing, "We are thankful for, thankful for our friends..." You can start with being thankful for each other, family members, food, clothes, and quality time together! Be sure to point to people or objects as you sing so your baby can learn to recognize what you’re singing about!

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