Being grateful for what we have can help lead to a happier and more fulfilled life. With that said, gratitude is something you might want to explore with your child, to help them to see even the simplest of things in a positive way. I have teamed up with a private school Worcestershire to share some advice on how you can explore gratitude with your child.
Try and find opportunities to practise gratitude with your child on a daily basis, until it becomes a natural mindset for them. At mealtimes, why not take it in turns for each member of your family to share something you are grateful for that day. It could be anything from someone cooking their dinner to the teacher helping them understand something in their lessons.
As well as explicitly sharing certain things you feel appreciative for, you should also point out the simple things that make life great. For instance, if it’s a beautiful, sunny day, you could say something like “Aren’t we so lucky that we live near the park so that we can go and play football in the sun?”. The trick is to encourage your child to look for the good in life, even if it seems small and nondescript.
Help your child understand that saying thank you is just one way to express gratitude. They could also send cards or gifts to demonstrate appreciation. For example, they could give their teacher some flowers at the end of the academic year to say thank you for all of their support. They could also send thank you cards to all of their friends who attended their birthday party and/or gave them a gift. The idea is to teach your child that returning the favour when someone has done something nice is a fantastic way to show they are grateful.