“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others” – Cicero
This parent of all virtues is also the underlying expression of contentment and happiness. When we embody the warmth gratitude kindly gives us everyday, our journey becomes more purposeful and we move from a place of love.
I so genuinely wish for my children to see what a blessed life they have… since 2 and 4 year olds aren’t likely to focus on what they have but what they want it is a daily mission to have that focus shift to all the good things in our lives.
We name all the people we love and bring awareness to the nourishing food on our table.
BUT I believe the best and most effective way to teach them gratitude is to be grateful myself. Every experience is an opportunity to express gratitude.
When we come back to being thankful and acknowledging all the blessing in our lives, our perspective shifts and we connect to the peace always within us…
Of course this can be easier said than done… SO here are 11 Tips for Instilling True Gratitude in Your Kids and helping them (and us) grow an attitude of gratitude.
Teaching our kids to say “thank you” is important, but truly instilling a sense of gratitude in them is another matter entirely. Gratitude goes beyond good manners — it’s a mindset and a lifestyle.
A recent Wall Street Journal article about raising kids with gratitude acknowledged a growing interest in the area of gratitude in the younger generation. The piece cited studies showing that kids who count their blessings reap concrete benefits, including greater life satisfaction and a better attitude about school. Sounds good, right?
But before we get to the how, let’s explore the why. What’s the big deal about having an attitude of gratitude anyway?
How do you help instil gratitude in your children’s’ hearts? Please share!
Live Hippily… and grow an attitude of gratitude. 🙂
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