When we are thankful for what we have we are given more of what we are grateful for. Simple… but true. As a parent, I often wonder if I am modeling kindness and a grateful heart? When my kids look at me – do they see a kind and gentle heart? Am I modeling kindness towards my spouse and family members at all times?
These ” heart checks” help me regroup from any negative feelings or bad mood I’m in and get out of a funk in a jiffy. Focusing on kindness and compassion helps me to bring sunshine into my own life as well as the lives of others.
So how do I raise a kind hearted kid?
What activities can I do with my children to model and teach gratitude?
Teaching kids how to be kind and grateful is so much harder than just telling them to share and be polite. It takes daily effort, but simple acts add up and it’s much easier to fit into your life than you think and is one of the best ways to bring joy to our family and others.
We have rounded up a couple of our favourites activities and ideas that will help “cultivate an attitude of gratitude.” Ones that I am sure the whole family will enjoy.
2.Use a thankfulness jar like this one from The Realistic Mama. Decorate it and make it pretty if that suits your style.
3.Pass out some smile it Forward Kindness Cards from Kids Activities Blog
4.Make a sticky note door hanger so your kids can write something they are thankful for on the sticky notes that are attached each day from Parents Magazine.
5.Have a gratitude photo scavenger hunt with your family from Let’s Get Together.
Which ones is your favourite?
Do you have any suggestions for family gratitude activities? How do you encourage your kids to be thankful and express gratitude?