Almost all of the parents questioned agreed that teaching children to be grateful is doable, although they employed different methods.
- Making ‘thank you a regular phrase
One of the most popular ways parents claim they educate their children to be grateful is by reminding them to be courteous. Some 88 percent of parents make their child say please and thank you on a regular basis, while 11 percent do it infrequently and 1 percent seldom.
However, youngsters should not just repeat these phrases without comprehending what they signify.
- Talking about gratitude
Another method families foster thankfulness is to take time at the dinner table or other times during the day to reflect on what family members are grateful for. Almost two-thirds of parents report that their family has daily dialogues about what they’re grateful for, and approximately 36% routinely pray about what they’re grateful for.
- Contributing to family chores
Another typical approach used by parents to teach their children gratitude is to have them undertake tasks to aid the family. Three out of every five parents asked claim they do this on a regular basis, with a third occasionally involving their children in domestic activities.
Parents might explain to younger children that everyone in the family has a responsibility to support each other, and then point out how various family members contribute to the home in different ways.
Almost two-thirds of parents have included their kid in some sort of volunteer or service activity, with half indicating this has included informal assistance for neighbors or family members.
Moreover, a third of parents say their children have helped their community via school activities such as fundraisers or clean-up days. Others have given back to their community through their church or another group.
A less popular method of teaching appreciation is to have a youngster give toys or clothes to a charity (37 percent do so regularly, 46 percent occasionally and 17 percent rarely, according to the poll.) Only 13% of parents report that their child often contributes their own money to charity.
Rose .A. Milani,
Parent Coach and Registered Mental Health Counsellor
Based in Melbourne, Australia