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Grateful Kids Have Parents Who Do These 7 Things

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Here's how you get to cultivating gratitude among your kids.

1. Role model gratitude and teach your kids to think gratefully.
2. Be present and empathetic with your child.
3. Encourage autonomy.
4. Nurture their strengths.
5. Encourage them to accumulate growth, not gadgets.
6. Give them a hand in lending helping hands.
7. Help them find what matters to them.
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To sum things up. Be a model. Teach by being a model. Keep in mind a model is never a perfect person. Teach that to children. Connect before you try to correct. Focus on communicating with needs. Your needs and the children's needs. Love is the key. We need just one generation to live with love and the world will be a safer place.
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We regularly go through the kids clothes and toys to"find things that we can gift to less fortunate children". They really love this and sometimes even gift their favourite clothes or toys because they want to make the other kids happy.
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Before bed, my daughter and I pray. But before we pray, we talk about the things that we were grateful for that day. Also, I ask my daughter if there were things that day that weren't nice, that made her sad or angry. Most of the time, she only has positive things. But if she did experience something negative, we'll take some time to take through that, why was it negative? What can we do next time to make it go better?
Then we pray, we thank God for the abundance in our life, for our friends and our family etc. Anything she could think of that made the past day so much better. I love this ritual with her because it makes me mindful of all the amazing things in my life as well!!
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I went to a Waldorf school from ages 10 to 18. At the elementary school we would start the day with a gratitude verse in the morning and we would thank the elements, animals and plants, farmers and people that prepared our food before every meal. At the end of the school day we would sing a gratitude song. At the time, when I was a 10 year old it really did teach me gratitude, because (it might sound bad, but) I had never really thought about how grateful I was about so many things other than my family.
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From a very young age I've always made a point of getting my kids to share their food (treats) with whoever was around (usually us parents, but also friends and family if they were around). That has worked out well because it's removed the sense of entitlement from the very beginning. If they got an ice cream it was fun to let everyone have a taste, if they got a bag of popcorn they had so many that they could share with everyone etc. This has taught them to value sharing as a source of happiness rather than enjoying something selfishly.
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I love the ideas but I feel I need to learn how to be grateful myself in order to model it to children. And for that I started a gratitude journal and reading a book called The Gratitude effect, and I will be honest I have struggle with consistently learning to be grateful and not concentrate on things I don't like in my life! But knowing that what I model will affect my children makes me more motivated to work harder to cultivate my own gratitude.
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My daughter came up with a game called “I like” and we play it in the car. We pick a topic and say everything we like about it. For example, I like the country we live in because the food is really yummy. The. When you run out of things about the country you can start on the mention of the food was yummy, so what foods do you like... etc. You can use people too, I like sister because she is kind, funny, etc.
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In our family we pray to God for giving us whatever we have and that we are healthy enough to face the days ahead.
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Fantastic! I hope to put all of this into practice for my daughter. Would these same strategies work for teenage stepkids? I'm finding this really challenging.
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In the evenings we also sit around the table, light a candle, and talk about what we are grateful for. We do this about once a month. It takes 5 minutes but it's just such a boost in happiness and wellbeing. I really should try to do this more often actually... :)
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