4 Ways to Teach Your Child Thankfulness

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The entire month of November is one filled with gratitude and thankfulness and while we are all busy making our lists of what we are thankful for in our lives, it is also good for us to share this practice with our children—regardless how young they may be.

Our friends at Crème de la Crème Naperville have a blog on how teach thankfulness to your children.  Here are some of their tips:

  1. Teach them about what is truly important
    Especially during this time of year when children are bombarded with promotions for treats and toys, it is important to remind them how valuable non-material things are—such as spending time with family, playing with friends, etc.
  2. Encourage kindness and helpfulness
    Young children love to help out and the holiday season is a great time to show them what they can do to help family, friends, and people in the community. Donate some old clothes or gather food for a canned food drive.
  3. Put things in perspective
    Make sure to engage your little ones in conversations about the needs of others. Talking to them about how some people do not have everything they need might inspire them to give as well.
  4. You cannot always get what you want
    Saying “no” from time to time is beneficial for many reasons- primarily it teaches children to be thankful for what they do have and to not take things for granted.

Click here to read the entire blog post and share with us how you are teaching your children to be thankful this holiday season.

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