We’ve all heard gratitude is the key to happiness, but it’s sometimes hard to take the time to reflect on what we’re really grateful for. This is true for our kids as well. When asked what they’re thankful for, kids will say the darndest things. I know mine have! Although I’m happy my kids appreciate their toys (#1 on the gratitude list), I try to find ways to show them the deeper meaning of gratitude. I’m no expert, but here are a few things that have helped in my family.
- Share as a group – Every Sunday at our house, we have a family meeting and give kudos and praise to one another. This is especially important for my sons. Though they often feel annoyed by one another, this exercise reminds them of the good they put into each other’s lives.
- Volunteering – As often as we can, we volunteer at the Marin Food Bank. I believe doing this shows my boys the importance of helping others while also being grateful for the life we have.
- Be a friend – I encourage my boys to be a friend to all. Lend a hand or lend an ear. Strength and kindness create deep friendships and gratitude for everyone involved.
Appreciating the small and constant things others do for us on a daily basis ensures that everyone involved feels valued and appreciated. My kids are still grateful for their toys, but now they’re also grateful for their health, friends, and even their mom. There are endless ways for families to express their gratitude, but the important thing to remember is that we’re all in this together and that’s something to be grateful for.
Photos and Writing by Nancy Yen of OmieLife.
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