5 Ways to Instill Gratitude in Your Child<br />
1.  Talk about your blessings<br />.Each day, encourage kids to name a couple of things for which they're thankful.  <br /...
2.  Don't go overboard on material things<br /> Kids are inundated with more stuff than they can use - or appreciate<br />...
3.  Resurrect the dying art of thank-you note writing<br /> Keep a stack of thank-you cards on hand and have your child us...
4.  Be a model of gratitude<br />Say 'thank you' often and sincerely<br />As you or your child's caregiver go about the da...
5.  Do good as a family<br /> When kids give their time and energy to help others, they'll be less likely to take things l...
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  1. 1. 5 Ways to Instill Gratitude in Your Child<br />
  2. 2. 1.  Talk about your blessings<br />.Each day, encourage kids to name a couple of things for which they're thankful.  <br />It can be anything -- a good grade, a friend who shared her snack or a favorite toy <br />Try first thing in the morning, at the dinner table or as part of your bedtime routine<br />It really opens kids' eyes and they start looking for moments to appreciate throughout the day<br />
  3. 3. 2.  Don't go overboard on material things<br /> Kids are inundated with more stuff than they can use - or appreciate<br />Solution? Focus on experiences rather than things:<br />For example, the next time Grandma asks for gift ideas, suggest show tickets or a pass to the children's museum<br />If you want a memento of an outing, choose a CD with the show tunes you heard or a photo album to fill with pictures of your day<br />
  4. 4. 3.  Resurrect the dying art of thank-you note writing<br /> Keep a stack of thank-you cards on hand and have your child use them <br />Young children can sign their names and older kids can compose and write the note<br />Besides acknowledging the obvious like birthday and holiday gifts, encourage kids to share their thanks for kind deeds<br />If your child had a great time at a play date, have her send the host a thank-you note, or she can write one to thank her babysitter for doing something especially nice<br />
  5. 5. 4.  Be a model of gratitude<br />Say 'thank you' often and sincerely<br />As you or your child's caregiver go about the day, remember to express gratitude to people who help you, like the crossing guard who gets you safely across the street <br />Modeling politeness and respect is a great way to encourage those qualities in kids<br />
  6. 6. 5.  Do good as a family<br /> When kids give their time and energy to help others, they'll be less likely to take things like health, home and family for granted<br />Set aside some time to help out an elderly neighbor or participate in a community charity event. <br />Helping others is a sure-fire way to get everyone in a more grateful state of mind. <br />
  7. 7. Learn More<br />Read the rest of 5 Ways to Instill Gratitude in Your Child here:<br />http://www.care.com/child-care-5-ways-to-instill-gratitude-in-your-child-p1017-q4907296.html<br />Want to learn more about child care and families? Go here: <br />http://www.care.com/child-care-articles-resources-p1019.html<br />

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