As adults, we’re grateful for so many things every day, and it’s up to us to teach and instill gratefulness in our children. Many children experience gratitude, but they don’t actually understand what they are feeling and it’s important to encourage those behaviors and feelings. Here are a few ways that we can show our young children how to express their gratitude this holiday season:
- Count your blessings. Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to have your children share what they are grateful for. It’s inevitable that material objects will come up here, but encourage your little ones to talk about family and friends too or special memories from the year that they feel lucky to have experienced.
- Give back. The Main Line offers plenty of opportunities to volunteer with your fellow community members; however, there are plenty of ways to teach your children the importance and meaning of giving back without even leaving your neighborhood. Perhaps you have an elderly neighbor that would appreciate their leaves getting raked or snow shoveled in a few months? Are there any neighbors that might be feeling under the weather and would appreciate a hot bowl of soup delivered, or holiday cookies?
Our own school works hard to give back to the community year-round, and this holiday season Paoli is partnering with the Delaware Valley Children’s Charity 2016 Holiday Program. In our newsletter, we provided information on a local child being sponsored by each of our classes and we’re looking forward to providing these children with a new gift to unwrap on Christmas morning. You’d be surprised at how willing your child might be to get involved in helping select a special gift!
Teaching gratitude isn’t a tricky task, but it’s one that is so incredibly important.