13 Feb 5 Ways to Teach Your Kids Gratitude – And Why it is Super Important!
With the start of the new year, you may have set a number of resolutions. But right now, do a quick check- did any of those involve the emotional aspect of your self? Truth is, we focus so much on our physical self that we forget how important it is to be in the right frame of mind, stay positive and be happy to become the conscious, successful individual that we need to be.
In the recent years, the so-called ‘Law of Attraction’ has gained a lot of popularity, and truly, it so vividly explains how compulsively focusing on positive thoughts can help you create a miraculous life, if not making conditions better for you.
Believe it or not, there are several studies that confirm the fact that positive thoughts and gratitude, when practised on a daily basis, actually do contribute to physical and emotional well being.
There’s a popular saying- it is easier to raise stronger children than to repair broken adults, and truly, in the fast paced world today, staying ridiculously optimistic is nothing short of a survival tactic. So apart from taking your kids out for a holiday, helping them out with their homework and taking a shopping trip with them, do not forget to spend some time helping them learn more about developing a positive attitude- they’ll grasp it faster than you can ever imagine!
Here are 5 simple tricks to help you out with just that!
- Instill the habit of having them conduct a random act of kindness- it could be sharing a toy with a friend, or having them buy an ice-cream for a homeless kid from their piggy bank money. Teach your kids generosity from the very beginning, and when they do, remind them of how proud you are of them. At the same time, also make sure you set a good example for them by being a generous and lovable person.
- Make mealtime a time to practise mindfulness- it is one of the best ways of teaching children gratitude. Your kids may be determined to have the television on while they have their meals, but for atleast one meal in a day, stick to the rule of focusing only and only on the act of eating- nothing else. This way, the kids can use all of the senses to appreciate and enjoy the food that they’re eating, and done often, this practise has many many benefits- both physical and mental.
- Every once in a while, take them to volunteer for a good cause. Children have feeling of compassion already within themselves, and volunteering occasionally can undoubtedly enhance the feeling. It will also silently remind them of how much they have, which could naturally push them towards gratefulness.
- Take them to spend some time in nature- instead of spending the weekend with a movie and hogging at a burger joint, take your kids for a road trip to a nearby countryside or a camping spot. Help them learn the little joys of life- how swimming in the lake and watching the stars can be so healing.
- Have them say thanks before bed every night. Ask them to remember the entire day in their head, and focus on all the good things that happened to them, and give thanks for them. On bad days, remind them of how there are kids out there who are dreaming for a life they are living, and gently push them towards saying thanks for the bad days too.