teaching gratitude

November 24, 2011

What are you thankful for?

How do you teach gratitude to a child?  Some psychologists assert that until that frontal cortex has fully developed (not until mid-20’s) gratitude and compassion do not fully develop.  Can this be true?

Today, we are celebrating a national day of gratitude: Thanksgiving. How do we talk about giving thanks with our children?  Some families may practice the ritual of saying grace before today’s feast.  Others may ask everyone at the table to recite something for which each person is grateful.  Volunteering at local soup kitchens and food banks can be expressions of gratitude for all that we have.

However your family celebrates Thanksgiving, pause with your children (no matter how old they are!) and remind them of their unique gifts.  Thank your children for being your children!

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”

– Cicero

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