No matter the age of the individual, counting your blessings is an important aspect to appreciating the life you’ve been given. This sentiment is especially true when it comes to teaching your kids to be grateful as they get older and can realize what they’ve been blessed with. Your children will never get everything they want in life, but as long as they’re happy about the things they do receive, that’s all that matters. Here are some ways to make sure you raise grateful kids:
Helping your child understand the importance and magnitude behind gifts and gestures will go a long way in the long run. This strategy will help to keep your kid from simply feeling a materialistic gain or temporary win for what they have received. For example, if one of your child’s friends gives him one of his favorite toys as a gift, try to emphasize the underlying theme of the gift. Try saying something like, “Isn’t that sweet that your friend remembered how much you like this toy and spent the time to think about you?” Using this technique for any gifts or gestures your child receives will help to instill true appreciation in them.
How many times have you ventured out to the mall with your child and had them begging you to buy a certain toy or item while you’re shopping. Saying no and refusing to do so will cause resentment and probably even more whining. Instead, try offering the idea of having your child help you buy a gift for someone else. Engaging him/her in the process of giving will help them enjoy the feeling of making someone else’s day and appreciating the work that goes into the gifting process. If they’re particularly helpful and don’t complain about not getting something for themselves, that’s when you can reward them with a special toy purchase.
Count Their Blessings (Literally)
At the end of each day, take time to sit down with your child and review the entire day they had. Try to practice an exercise each night where both you and your child think of three things that happened that day that you appreciate. This appreciation list will not only remind them of certain good aspects of the day, but it will foster a beneficial habit of continually showing gratitude for the small things in life.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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