Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for families to gather, celebrating the gift we have in our relationships with one another and the blessings we have been given. Growing an attitude of gratitude in children is a foundational piece of parenting. Recognizing both the large and small gifts in life and cultivating a grateful heart is the goal.
The old adage, "The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree" comes to mind. Adults who express thankfulness in all circumstances are modeling a thankful and gracious heart to their children. From thanking the cashier at the grocery store to handwritten notes of appreciation after receiving a gift, children learn the meaning of truly appreciating others.
Fostering gratefulness is an ongoing task. Thanksgiving offers a special opportunity to be intentional about how you’ll portray and train kids to be gracious and thankful.
When children take the time to say, “Thank you” they learn to be grateful. When they think of others rather than themselves, they learn to be kind. May you and your family be blessed this Thanksgiving season!
Becky Danielson, M.Ed., is wife and mom of two teenagers. She is a licensed Parent & Family Educator and co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting. Becky is the co-author of EMPOWERED PARENTS: Putting Faith First and Parenting Prose, a regular column in Marriage Magazine. She and her family live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.Back To Top