When you experience a more joyful life, you can pass that down to your children. Joy and gratitude go hand in hand, and when you practice gratitude, you will be more present and appreciative of every moment.
This extends beyond Thanksgiving and reflections here and there. You can start your own gratitude practice with your child at the dinner table. Sharing at least one item of what you are thankful for that day will encourage your child to think in positive, grateful ways. You can say something as simple as, “I’m thankful the sky is blue” or “I’m thankful that I got to see my friend today.” Starting a practice, no matter how great or small, can instill empathy, kindness, self-reflection, critical thinking, and other positive skills for your child to be a better human.
Learn more about how you can reframe your child’s thoughts in healthy ways – as well as your own!
- Cabell FRN: Foster Care
- Cabell FRN: Early Care and Education
- Cabell FRN: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Resources
- Cabell FRN Quick Guide and Other Resources
- Zero to Three: Positive Parenting Approaches
- Harvard University Center on the Developing Child
- Center for Parent Information and Resources
- HealthyChildren.org: How to Practice Gratitude & Improve Your Family’s Mental Health
- Child Mind Institute: 10 Tips for Raising Grateful Kids
- Greater Good Magazine: 7 Ways to Foster Gratitude in Kids
- VeryWellMind: How To Teach Children Gratitude
- The EveryMom: 7 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Grateful