Gratitude Challenge: Try it with your family!

Do your kids have an attitude of gratitude?

As we head into the holiday season, you might be asking yourself if your kids realize all the blessings they have – and if you can help them be more thankful.

The answer is: Yes, you can!

Here are some things to try with your kids to help them be more grateful. Read on:

Start a daily gratitude conversation

This one is a simple, but important, thing to start adding to your daily conversations. Pick a time in your schedule when the family is together and take turns talking about all the things you have to be grateful for. You can write them down, put them in a jar, make notes on a whiteboard, make a spreadsheet – be creative. The thing about gratitude is, the more you look for the blessings in your life, the more you find.

Do random acts of kindness

When was the last time you paid it forward? This doesn’t have to cost money!

Kids learn by watching their parents, so if they see you doing random acts of kindness for those around you (helping a neighbor rake leaves, letting someone merge in traffic, giving a stranger a compliment), they will take note. And encourage kids to take part!

Write thank you notes

Expressing our blessings is a great way to show our gratitude and everyone loves to get mail. So write grandma a note for the special things she’s done all year or have siblings write down the top 5 things they like about each other. Look for things to be thankful for and then thank the person, via a note.

Family donations

Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1, 2020) is a time when many people donate to charity. This year, make it a family affair by including your children in the conversations about where to give and how it is done. They might surprise you with some great ideas.

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