The holidays have turned drastically away from being thankful for what you have and spending time with family to eating and getting what you want. With the way of the world, it can be challenging to teach your kids what it means to be thankful. Here are some great ways to teach kids to be thankful this holiday season!
Create a Thankful Jar
For the months of November and December, have your kids write one thing they are thankful for each day of the month and put it in the jar. Read your thankful notes as a family each week to see what everyone is thankful for.
Volunteer to Help those Less Fortunate
Kids and adults alike only see what is happening in their own lives. They see the Jones’ getting a big screen TV and the best gaming systems of the year, but we forget that some are even less fortunate than ourselves. Volunteer as a family at a local homeless shelter, food bank, or orphanage.
Teach Thankfulness Through Example
Parents tend to forget that children are going to do what they see their parents doing, not what you tell them to do. Show your kids how to be thankful through your own actions. Tell them when you appreciate something they did, and how it made you feel. As they see you being thankful, they too will become thankful.
Give Your Kids Chores
This may not seem like it teaches them anything, but chores teach kids to be thankful for what others do. It gives them a sense of what you or other adults do for them daily that may otherwise go unnoticed.
Give to Others
Teach your kids the rule that it is better to give than to receive. Do something for someone else. It doesn’t have to be because they need it, but just because you want to give someone else something. Here are a few ways to give to others:
- Mow the neighbor’s yard
- Make cookies for friends and family
- Visit someone in the nursing home
- Buy a gift for other children that may not get one this year.
What other ways have you taught you child about being thankful? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!