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5 Ways to Teach Your Child Gratitude

Kind kids start with mindful parents

Published on: October 26, 2017

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Tell your kids about something nice that someone did for you. Then explain why that particular act mattered to you.

Talk about something kind that you did for someone.This may feel like bragging, but you’re trying to give your kids ideas about how they can help others.

Ask your kids about what they’re grateful for. They may list their toys or other possessions. That’s okay! Don’t be dismissive. Creature comforts are important, too.

Make it a habit. Try naming things you’re grateful for during an already established routine, like at mealtime or bedtime. Or try it when you’re driving the kids somewhere.

Keep a journal. Have this within easy reach and encourage the whole family to write in it. Read it at the end of the year or during a rough patch.

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