Tips on how to make kids more appreciative
Only as adults do people sometimes discover that one of the keys to happiness is gratitude. Being thankful for what we have can be very difficult for kids who believe that they can always depend on their parents for whatever they want.
There are a lot of values that parents should instill to their kids, and gratitude should be one of them. Grateful children are not only pleasing to be with but also grow up to be fine adults who care about the world around them. In a study, it was also discovered that children who know how to be grateful are less likely to do drugs and get depressed later in life.
Here are three solid ways on how to help your children appreciate the things around them more.
Let them remember all the things they’ve received for a day
At dinner, instead of asking your kids how their day was, you can directly ask them “what are the things that you’re thankful for today?” Asking them how their day was can simply be replied with an automatic “fine,” but asking them a more specific question can make them think before answering. Tell them it’s alright to share even the littlest of things, as long as they’re grateful for them. Regularly doing this can train their mindset to look at the bright side of events even if things aren’t going their way.
Make donating and volunteering a habit
Children outgrow their toys. When they do, it’s a good habit to donate them to the less fortunate. Explain to your children that you’re donating things to others because not everyone is a fortunate kid. Not all children can eat 3 times a day and have the leisure to play whenever they want to. Organizations that actively aid children in countries troubled by armed conflict is evidence that not all children have it easy. Tell them that it’s only human to give back to others in need, and they should be thankful that they aren’t experiencing the suffering of others.
Make them work for the things they really want
The more kids realize how much effort it takes to get what they want, the more thankful they’d be once they receive the reward. If you always give them what they want, they might grow up spoiled. However, if they learn the value of hard work at an early age, they will appreciate what they get more because they’ve worked hard for it. Not only will they be grateful for the reward at the end but they will also feel satisfied with themselves.
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