Thanksgiving the ideal time to teach our children appreciation. Debbie Glasser, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist in Virginia, put together these tips on how we can teach our children the important life skill of thankfulness:
Be a role model. When you receive a gift, thank the giver in front of your child. When you send thank you notes, talk with your child about why you're thankful and why you're sending a note.
Encourage Thank You Notes. Even if your child is too young to write, he or she can draw a picture as a thank you and then help you mail the envelope.
Thank Yous Are For Every Day. Teach your kids that they can feel thankful when a friend shares, when a family member gives a hug, or when an employee helps carry out your groceries. Saying thank you is a nice way to share your appreciation.
Talk With Your Child. Ask them, "What are you thankful for?" Don't worry if the response is, "My Wii!" Simply say, "What are you thankful for that's not a toy? How about when your brother plays ball with you? Or when Nana gives you hugs? You can be thankful for lots of things."
Express Your Thanks. Be sure to thank your child when he or she is helpful or is cooperative.
Don't Force A Thank You. If your child refuses to say thank you, or simply forgets his or her manners, simply say thanks for your child then talk about the importance of saying thank you with them later.
Be patient. Learning to be thankful is a life lesson your child can learn through your example and support.
Happy Thanksgving everyone. I'm thankful that you took the time to read this blog.