Gratefulness – Raising grateful kids
Every thanksgiving our family shares what we are thankful for. This year, my now verbal two year old bashfully looked around as I interjected “he is thankful for family” at his turn. He smiled at me and I knew at that moment that he understood what being thankful for family meant.
Barbara Lewis, the author of What Do You Stand For? For Kids, says that toddlers can grasp the concept of gratitude around 15 and 18 months. She goes on to say that, 2 or 3 year olds can talk about being thankful for specific things. By age four children can understand being thankful for acts of kindness and love. So what does it take to teach gratefulness to kids?
The best way to teach your child gratitude is to model it for them. Toddlers by nature of self-absorbed and have to learn gratefulness from their experiences says Charlotte Latvala, blogger at Parents.com. When children are grateful they understand the feelings of others.
Like most parents, our kids have more opportunities than we ever imagined. I want to do my best to ensure that my children get the good that came from my humble background – my gratefulness.
My husband and I are happy that my toddler is appreciative of the things he has. My heart melts when he happily smiles and says ‘Thank you, Mommy’.