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Well, sure, you do not want to stand on ceremony in your own home: but it is a mistake to dispense with courtesy. Because that small and basic back-and-forth act of saying thank you for snipping some chives for the baked potatoes, for being so much fun to spend time with, for getting drinks for our guests has ramifications that are huge and complex. Gratitude is defined as a life orientation. It has been found that grateful kids are happier and more satisfied with their life. They do better in school and are less materialistic and less inclined to be depressed. One of our goals is to have a nice, peaceful, cohesive home that is filled with harmony. Feeling grateful and expressing it is crucial. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for playing with me. Thank you for coming to the basement with me when I was scared. So often, parents miss the boat on thanking their kids and I should also add, their spouse. If they do something nice and you thank them, it shows that you respect them, you acknowledge how they are benefiting your life. Being appreciated, that is one of the greatest feelings.

Besides, kids (not to mention adults) who are in the habit of expressing gratitude are simply more fun to spend time with. When a recent camping trip got rained out, there was some doom and gloom in the room. But the kids also saw the silver lining. At least we got to have a fire in our fire pit at home. Sure, there is room for occasional griping, but we were simply happier when we are inclined to look on the bright side of things. Check our this wonderful children’s book on love and harmony. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Tweens: At this age, kids tend to be more focused on “stuff,” so your focus should be on differentiating between basic needs (clothes, food) versus privileges that kids have to earn (designer coat, new video game). For example, if your child decides they want a new video game or a second pair of boots, jointly come up with a schedule of chores to earn money. You can also offer a weekly allowance that is contingent on household responsibilities. This basic process not only helps children be grateful for what they have, but also helps them develop an overall appreciation for all the work that enables them to live comfortably.

Teens: Keep the attitude of gratitude going by encouraging teens to come up with their own ways of expressing thanks. For example, they might post a photo of something they are grateful for daily on Instagram or write one note of gratitude a day in a journal. At this age, becoming involved in a cause or volunteer project is an ideal way for kids to turn their appreciation into action and experience how showing your gratitude can really make a big difference. See this kids story book on showing gratefulness.

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During the holiday’s, it is easy to be grateful for family, friends and everything we have, but how do you help kids give thanks year round? Use this age by age guide as your starting point.

7 To 8-Year-Olds: While teaching gratitude to younger kids is certainly important, this is the stage at which your child is really able to understand the concept on a deeper level. Make being appreciative a part of a child’s every day by making it fun. Start a weekly tradition in which you go around the dinner table and each person talks about one thing they appreciated that day. You can also create a Wall of Thanks in the kitchen or family room where everyone can write what they are thankful for on sticky notes, then post them. Check out this story book for kids on showing gratitude. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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