ASK DR. G: How to Teach Kids Gratitude – According to Kids!
Gratitude. Who doesn’t want that?
A few days from Mother’s Day, are you starting to wonder if your kids have anything up their sleeves? I think, in many homes, it’s the preschool and kindergarten teachers that really do the heavy lifting for Mother’s Day cards and kid-made gifts. The big lesson for kids in celebrating this somewhat made-up day is to learn gratitude. What are you thankful for, and how do you show it? Why does it matter? What do children already know about saying – and really feeling – the thank you?
I asked my kids.
These are, in their own words, the ways my boys think kids can learn about appreciating what, and who, they have in their lives. Let me know what you – and your kids – think!
ABOUT Dr. G: Deborah Gilboa, MD is a Family Physician, mom of 4 boys, international speaker, and author. She developed the “3 R’s of Parenting” to empower parents to raise respectful, responsible, and resilient kids. Her new book released September 2014, Get the Behavior You Want… Without Being the Parent You Hate! She is a frequent contributor to ABC, CBS, WQED, Huffington Post, Parenting Magazine, and others. Check out her free downloadable tools to make your parenting more effective!
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