Thanksgiving will be here before we know it and the month of November is known for the month of thankfulness.
How do we teach our kids to be grateful in a culture of plenty? I will tell you this, it isn’t easy! We live in such an entitled culture that it rubs off on us even when we think it doesn’t. This isn’t just to children either; it is hard for adults as well. This is something as a family we often struggle with but I found a few practical things we can do that helps!
Here are 5 Ways to Teach Your Children to be Thankful
1. Work on my gratefulness throughout the day; mom and dad are the best role models. If they see that you are not grateful they will have a hard time believing they should be.
2. We now keep gratitude journals. This is a practical activity that reminds your kids to be grateful for all the blessings that come their way. Remind them to not just be thankful for material things, but also for the special moments that arise, in God’s creation, and in answers to prayer.
3. Make them aware of the world we live in. Sponsor a child through Compassion or World Vision (pray for them and write them letters). Take them to nursing homes and to feed the homeless. This is just another reminder that there are hurting people who have NOTHING or very little. If they never hear or see this part of the world how will they know?
4. Have your children say three things they are thankful for from their day, at bedtime. I saw this idea and other tips from this video. We started this and it is WONDERFUL, your kids will start thinking about the things during the day they want to share with you at bedtime. Also, Ann Voskamp has some great ideas and free journal printouts on her blog for gratitude for you and your children.
5. Make a Thankful Jar – Have a jar out in the open with slips of paper and have every drop drops a note of thanksgiving into the jar. You can do it every day or every time someone is complaining or weekly!
Remember that your children are children. No matter what we do God has to do the work in their heart. Pray about gratitude in them and yourself. Don’t have such high expectations that you make your children feel like they have failed you. Remember it has taken us many years to grow in Christ and gratitude.
The Bible reminds of us of this in 1 Corinthians 13:11: When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
What are some things you have done to teach your children gratitude?
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