5 Ways To Teach Your Kids About Gratitude

“If you want to find happiness find gratitude.” -Steve Maraboli

This Thanksgiving season, I have been thinking of ways to be more deliberate about teaching my kids to be grateful.  I searched Pinterest for inspiration and I came up with thousands of ideas of things I could do.  I chose 5 that would be easy to implement, and most importantly, fun!  I hope these ideas can help you teach gratitude as well.

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I think this is such a fun idea to get kid’s ideas going and to teach them to be aware of all the things they are grateful for.  I am going to do this with my whole family, cousins and all.  As part of the scavenger hunt, you take pictures of the things you are grateful for.  I think it would be fun to even have the pictures printed in a mini gratitude book that you could create each year.

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Each night at dinner, we go around the table and say our best thing that happened to us that day, our worst thing, and what we are grateful for.  To bring some order to the table, we pick an object that we pass around to say whose turn it is – it is usually some random fork or something on the table.  I like this idea of a gratitude rock because it would be a visual reminder.  The author also has a wonderful idea to hold the rock when you are sad, and list all the things you are grateful for.  I think that would be a great thing to do with your kids when they need a pick me up.

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This idea is to take the whole week leading up to Thanksgiving, and help kids list off the things they are grateful for by topic.  You could come up with your own topics that fit your family, but the idea is to help them dig deeper when they list what they are thankful for.

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I think this game is such a clever idea, and I am going to modify it a little bit for my kids to play at Family Home Evening.  We do a night each week called Family Home Evening where we get together to have a lesson on values, Jesus Christ, or other topics, then we play a game and have a treat.  You could also play this with the adults at Thanksgiving dinner.


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These little journals take 5 minutes to make and are a great way to record all the things that you are grateful for.  I started a gratitude journal in college and would write 3 things a night that I was grateful for. It is SO fun to go back and read what was going on in my life at the time.  Now, every night at dinner, we go around as a family and say what we are grateful for along with the best and worst things from our day.  I have learned A LOT about my kids by doing this nightly with them.  I thought it would be fun to start recording what we are all grateful for at each dinner.  This would be a great family journal to look back on in the future.



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3 Responses to 5 Ways To Teach Your Kids About Gratitude

  1. june says:

    I enjoyed the “be thankful” ideas

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