Teaching Gratitude To Kids

Every night when I tuck Elle into bed, we talk about our day and we talk about the things we are thankful for.

‘I’m thankful for the park, mama’
‘I’m grateful for the wedding.’ (which happened months ago)
‘Hmmmm, I’m thankful for food.’

I believe it is really important to be grateful and thankful for the things in our life….and this gratitude quote below says it better than I can.

teaching gratitude to kids

One of my manifesto as a mother is to teach my children to be grateful for what they have and see the good in every situation.

Talking about what we’re thankful for at the end of the day is a simple way to teaching gratitude to kids.

A lot of times when I’m driving with the kids in the back, I’ll list out the things I’m grateful for at that moment.

Sometimes it’ll be really obvious things like the reliable car we have to take us to places, the friends we have who shares their lives with us, or our family who loves us so dearly.

Other times it’ll be things that surrounds us like the harmonious pinks and blues during a setting sun, or the up side down world inside a drop of dew, or the quietness of the air as we’re inside the fog.

I know some of these concepts may seem farfetched to a 3 year old, but as long as I lead by example and live in gratitude, I know my children will follow.

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ps – have you seen A Mother’s Manifesto yet? This is a printable and is available for download, just pop in your email address below.

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Today’s post has been included in Inspired by Familia’s 21 Days of Gratitude!

21 days of gratitude challenge

Each day in November, a blogger will share a quote with you and an activity or their words of gratitude as we celebrate this month of thankfulness.  The schedule is here and all of the info for you to join in.

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21 Days of Gratitude ChallengeInspired by Familia -

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Michael Tremba -

I think that no matter what vocation, hobbies, or stage of life we’re in, the art of gratitude is something that is so important to learn. Think it’s great that you’re starting them learning it so young :)

Tim Chan -

Love that you have a parenting manifesto! Olive and I were wanting to write one. We were inspired by Brene Brown’s parenting manifesto (and now yours too!)
If you haven’t read it, it’s good:
http://brenebrown.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/DaringGreatly-ParentingManifesto-light-8×10.pdf

Cynthia Gunsinger -

Counting my blessings before bed is my go-to anxiety diffuser. Nice job teaching your kids what it took me 30 years to learn! Lucky bunchkins!