There are two words that you’ll probably hear a lot this time of year (especially this week, if you live in the United States): grateful and thankful. The internet is filled with all kinds of artwork and preachy articles extolling you to make sure you’re doing your best to exhibit each both of these qualities — but depending on what is or isn’t going on in your life, they’re not always easy words to live by.
I recently read an article from 2011 that discussed how teaching kids to be grateful can have long-term benefits for them. According to the piece, one of the best ways to teach your kids to be grateful is to model this behavior on your own — and to mean it. Of course this is easier said than done — every day doesn’t lend itself to shouting from the rooftop about how thankful you are to experience it (though I doubt anyone has every complained about being TOO thankful for their lives).
I’ve often thought it’s one thing to make a craft that shows how thankful you are, and it’s another to really be out there, finding something in your life to appreciate every day. While reading the article it occurred to me that it’s pretty easy to model thankfulness to my kid — even something as simple as saying “I’m so happy we get to see how beautiful the leaves are this year — I’m just so thankful to have the experience” could do the trick. It had me wondering: in what ways do you guys model being thankful and grateful to your kids — and how do they model the behaviors to you?