Teaching Kids Gratitude This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is more than the Macy’s Day Parade, a meal and a day of football. The true meaning of Thanksgiving is appreciation and gratitude for the blessings in your life. Teaching young children the meaning of the holiday will make it much more meaningful for your children and family as a whole.

Gratefulness is something that needs to be practiced repeatedly to take hold, and it a lifelong process to keep going. Here are a few tips to start to instill this behavior in children and create a grateful attitude that will stay with them throughout their life.

Teach them to write thank-you notes. Teaching kids to write thank-you notes whenever they receive a gift or nice gesture is simple way to show gratitude. Thank-you notes also create an observable result, which will make kids feel accomplished and proud of themselves.

Get them excited about giving. Around this time of year kids are busy writing to Santa with a list of that they want for themselves. We all know that great feeling of giving someone a gift you know they will love. Kids will love it too! Have them come up with some ideas of things to give to others and get them excited about making someone else’s day brighter.

Volunteer as a family and show kids the importance of giving back. Have them help gather things to donate, bring canned food to a local food bank or volunteer together. It’s often difficult for kids to realize that not everyone has the same things in life as they do. Show them how great it feels to help people in need. Find out how they want to give back, there’s so many ways to get kids involved even at a young age in giving back to the community.

At Adventure Park Academy emphasis is placed on the social skills of sharing, communication, self-concept, and meeting personal needs. Our goal is to nurture each child’s need for social, emotional, physical and cognitive development by providing an educationally balanced program which spans all levels of early development.  Each child will be valued for his or her unique experiences and learning styles in order to become successful independent learners.