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5 Effective Ways to Teach Kids Gratitude

The feeling and the attitude of being grateful for what we have, experience, and receive anytime will determine our happiness powerfully. Grateful people will feel contented for what they have. Gratitude is something that most kids start their life having, but as time passes and experiences occur, each of us tends to lose a little piece of our grateful heart. While this may sound sad, it’s simply a part of many people’s life. With that being said, you can work to teach kids gratitude so that this concept becomes a routine part of their everyday life. 

At the end or this article, I would like to share a couple of free gratitude coloring pages printable to express gratitude for you and kids. You might share, keep, or display it as a reminder

Teaching kids gratitude should not only in a certain event or traditions, such as Thanksgiving, birthday, or other traditions, but the attitude of gratitude should be a habit as I mentioned previously. Here are 5 ways to teach kids gratitude. Get free gratitude coloring pages printable.

5 Ways to Teach Kids Gratitude 

Teaching kids gratitude should not only in a certain event or traditions, such as Thanksgiving, birthday, or other traditions, but the attitude of gratitude should be a habit as I mentioned previously. Here are 5 ways to teach kids gratitude.

Be the Model 

The first step towards teaching kids gratitude is to start practicing gratitude yourself. Make sure you say thank you to anyone who’s done something kind or helped you with something. Thank your kids for doing their chores or for giving you a hug. Every time you become the role model for practicing gratitude, your kids will start to grasp the concept of how great it feels to live a grateful life. Thus, they will express gratitude toward others for what they get and to God spiritually.

Talk About Gratitude 

Each day you should have a meal together with your family. During this meal make sure that you talk about gratitude. Ask your family about something that happened during the day or prior day that made them feel happy or grateful. This is an excellent way to create a ritual where your family focuses on gratitude. 

Besides try to express gratitude to any content, activity, and lesson you have with kids. Get the message from readings and contents and discuss with kids things related to the attitude of being grateful. You will certainly be surprised how much you can help kids and yourself to get the message to be grateful for anything.

Look for Light 

Whenever your family or kids are experiencing difficult times try to find a little piece of light that can be found during those moments. This is going to take a little bit of work if you’re not a natural gratitude person but you can do it and in turn, it will help your entire family learn to live with gratitude every day. Help your kids find the light even during the darkest most difficult times. 

Being grateful for something “small” will strengthen yourself mentally and physically. We often don’t realize that behind something difficult or hard, there should be “something light” that gives you a hope, which makes you feel grateful.

Keep a Journal 

Give your kids a journal where they can start and end their day with a little note about something that they’re grateful for. These five minutes of journaling daily will help inspire your kids to grasp the concept of gratitude and in turn be more grateful, respectable, happy kids. 

For kids who still cannot write, they can draw or doing some creative crafts. They also can do narration while you help them to write on the journal. You can keep or display the journal to share with other family members.

Volunteer 

Lastly, if you truly want to help teach kids gratitude try to volunteer at a local shelter, church or another community event. The act of giving your time to others that are less fortunate than you will help your kids learn gratitude quickly. 

By volunteering, kids will know different lifestyle and situations so that they can feel more grateful for what they have right now.

In conclusion, teaching your kids gratitude will help inspire a whole new generation of grateful hearts with young adults who want to change the world one grateful moment at a time. Even if your kids don’t get the concept of gratitude right away, keep using my ways to teach kids gratitude and in time you’ll find that your kids start to practice gratitude regularly. 

Free Gratitude Coloring Pages

Today I would like to share a couple of free gratitude coloring pages. Kids can color the pages before or after writing their expression of being grateful, either on one occasion or in a week.

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