It’s that time of year, the holiday season! It seems many parents have focused on gratitude during this season, as it seems only fitting to work on gratitude with kids during the holidays. This is a time when kids will be getting a lot of presents, foods, and other spoils from their family.
Due to the gift-giving season and season of joy and gratitude, it’s time to learn some tried and true methods that can help you teach your kids about gratitude. Use these tips below to help your kids comprehend gratitude and practice the art of being grateful all year round.
With younger kids, you can easily do some thankful crafts together. You’ll be able to find any thankful craft possible on Pinterest. Thankful turkeys, thankful trees, and other construction paper craft ideas are easy toddler crafts to help your little kids learn more about gratitude.
You can volunteer with kids of all ages to help teach gratitude. Allowing your kids to take part in volunteering their time serving the less fortunate meals during the holidays or donating canned goods to the food pantry are just a couple of ways your children can learn to be grateful for what they have.
Make Thank You Cards
You can have your kids make thank you cards for anyone in the family or community that they feel has helped them in some way. If you want to expand this project, you can have your kids write thank you notes for the military and ship out packages to show your gratitude for their service.
Buy a white tablecloth at a local store and have the kids write things that they’re grateful for as decoration on this tablecloth. Use the thankful tablecloth during your holiday events to showcase what your kids are truly grateful for in their life.
Some of the animal shelters survive only on donations. Have your kids go through their closets and rooms in the house to gather old pillowcases, blankets, and stuffed animals. Take these items to your local pet shelter to give a shelter pet something that will keep them warm and comfy.
These are just a few of the unique ways you can work to help your kids understand the art of being grateful. This concept is an important concept to understand and practice regardless of age, so the earlier you start the better chances is that your kids will continue practicing gratitude well into adulthood.