Cultivating an attitude of gratitude

Opinion Dec 03, 2020 by Meaghan Jackson Flamborough Review

Parents have high hopes that their children will be generous, thankful and want to serve others. Although these qualities come naturally in some children, for many it needs to be taught and worked on daily. With the holiday season coming up how do we cultivate this spirit of gratitude in our children?

An attitude of gratitude starts with showing appreciation on a daily basis and involving your children in caring for others. As parents we can model this by sincerely thanking our children, and others in the community. Children note your kind words as how to speak to others and respond to their kindness or service. Other simple ways to show appreciation include:

• Starting weekly family meetings with appreciations,

• Ending your day with words of thanks and gratitude,

• Write notes of thanks to each member of the family,

• Send cards to extended family members or even service personnel.

In this world of fast paced, instant gratification we can easily loose sight of the thought and care that goes in to making or buying a gift. It is always important to model graciousness to your children. Speak out loud your inner thought of how much you appreciate gift and what that means to you. You may wish to remind them of how the giver may be feeling too.

More than just modelling graciousness, take time to teach your kids how to properly thank someone for a gift in words or writing. There will be times that you will want them to show appreciation for gifts they do not particularly love. Help with the wording and remind them how much thought went into the gift.

Here are some more ideas to help your child cultivate a generous heart:

• Help your kids create, make, or buy gifts for others,

• Be a generous family, give to others and help often,

• Find an organization your child may be interested in to donate to,

• Choose a cause your child can relate to, often schools have coat drives or other kid related opportunities to serve,

• Get involved in your community events and service opportunities.

Getting your whole family involved and modelling for your children helps them learn about gratitude. May the spirit of generosity and thanksgiving fill your hearts and home this holiday season.

Waterdown's Meaghan Jackson is a parenting and homeschooling coach and owner of Joyful Mud Puddles. Reach her at joyfulmudpudles@gmail.com.

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude

Meaghan Jackson offers ideas to help your child cultivate a generous heart

Opinion Dec 03, 2020 by Meaghan Jackson Flamborough Review

Parents have high hopes that their children will be generous, thankful and want to serve others. Although these qualities come naturally in some children, for many it needs to be taught and worked on daily. With the holiday season coming up how do we cultivate this spirit of gratitude in our children?

An attitude of gratitude starts with showing appreciation on a daily basis and involving your children in caring for others. As parents we can model this by sincerely thanking our children, and others in the community. Children note your kind words as how to speak to others and respond to their kindness or service. Other simple ways to show appreciation include:

• Starting weekly family meetings with appreciations,

• Ending your day with words of thanks and gratitude,

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• Write notes of thanks to each member of the family,

• Send cards to extended family members or even service personnel.

In this world of fast paced, instant gratification we can easily loose sight of the thought and care that goes in to making or buying a gift. It is always important to model graciousness to your children. Speak out loud your inner thought of how much you appreciate gift and what that means to you. You may wish to remind them of how the giver may be feeling too.

More than just modelling graciousness, take time to teach your kids how to properly thank someone for a gift in words or writing. There will be times that you will want them to show appreciation for gifts they do not particularly love. Help with the wording and remind them how much thought went into the gift.

Here are some more ideas to help your child cultivate a generous heart:

• Help your kids create, make, or buy gifts for others,

• Be a generous family, give to others and help often,

• Find an organization your child may be interested in to donate to,

• Choose a cause your child can relate to, often schools have coat drives or other kid related opportunities to serve,

• Get involved in your community events and service opportunities.

Getting your whole family involved and modelling for your children helps them learn about gratitude. May the spirit of generosity and thanksgiving fill your hearts and home this holiday season.

Waterdown's Meaghan Jackson is a parenting and homeschooling coach and owner of Joyful Mud Puddles. Reach her at joyfulmudpudles@gmail.com.

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude

Meaghan Jackson offers ideas to help your child cultivate a generous heart

Opinion Dec 03, 2020 by Meaghan Jackson Flamborough Review

Parents have high hopes that their children will be generous, thankful and want to serve others. Although these qualities come naturally in some children, for many it needs to be taught and worked on daily. With the holiday season coming up how do we cultivate this spirit of gratitude in our children?

An attitude of gratitude starts with showing appreciation on a daily basis and involving your children in caring for others. As parents we can model this by sincerely thanking our children, and others in the community. Children note your kind words as how to speak to others and respond to their kindness or service. Other simple ways to show appreciation include:

• Starting weekly family meetings with appreciations,

• Ending your day with words of thanks and gratitude,

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• Write notes of thanks to each member of the family,

• Send cards to extended family members or even service personnel.

In this world of fast paced, instant gratification we can easily loose sight of the thought and care that goes in to making or buying a gift. It is always important to model graciousness to your children. Speak out loud your inner thought of how much you appreciate gift and what that means to you. You may wish to remind them of how the giver may be feeling too.

More than just modelling graciousness, take time to teach your kids how to properly thank someone for a gift in words or writing. There will be times that you will want them to show appreciation for gifts they do not particularly love. Help with the wording and remind them how much thought went into the gift.

Here are some more ideas to help your child cultivate a generous heart:

• Help your kids create, make, or buy gifts for others,

• Be a generous family, give to others and help often,

• Find an organization your child may be interested in to donate to,

• Choose a cause your child can relate to, often schools have coat drives or other kid related opportunities to serve,

• Get involved in your community events and service opportunities.

Getting your whole family involved and modelling for your children helps them learn about gratitude. May the spirit of generosity and thanksgiving fill your hearts and home this holiday season.

Waterdown's Meaghan Jackson is a parenting and homeschooling coach and owner of Joyful Mud Puddles. Reach her at joyfulmudpudles@gmail.com.