Kids often take things for granted and forget to show their gratitude for small things. This can be frustrating and embarrassing for parents. Thankfully, there are ways to teach your child to say thanks every day without being prodded or reminded.
Enforce a ‘Thank-You’ Rule in the House
Whether it is a glass of water or a gift from you, children should be taught to express gratitude. You can make it mandatory in your home for everyone to say thank you even for small things.
Make Kids Realize How Lucky They Are
There are so many things around that we are not grateful for. However, by reminding kids about these things through simple statements, you can reinforce gratefulness and gratitude. Think of statements that draw attention to simple yet wonderful things in life, such as the beautiful weather, meal on the table, a nice babysitter or anything else you can think of.
Be a Role-Model
Actions speak louder than words. If you start thanking people, your kids will learn from you. So make it a point to thank the mailman, the grocery store clerk and even your kids when they help you out with chores and tasks at home.
Make Kids Volunteer
Most child care programs lay a lot of emphasis on volunteering, as it teaches kids to be socially responsible. Look for community programs, such as visiting the elderly or cleaning up the park, where the whole family can volunteer. It will benefit your child intellectually, socially and psychologically. It also teaches them to appreciate things they often take for granted.
Remember when your child learns to say thanks every day, he will be a more contented and satisfied child. Such children are not materialistic or jealous of others as they are satisfied with what they have in their lives.
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and Child Care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.