With Christmas a little under six weeks away, this is the most hectic time of the year. Presents and plans take up the front of most people’s brains right now and with all of the chaos it is easy to forget what there is to be thankful for. Having gratitude is a mindset that increases happiness and satisfaction in both children and adults, so now is the time to get in touch with your Thanksgiving spirit! Here are a few things you can do to promote gratitude in yourself and your children.
Be thankful of your kids
Show your children how thankful you are to have them! You get busy and sometimes you think it’s common knowledge how much you love your kiddos, but sometimes it’s not. Make sure they know they are special to you. This boosts their self-esteem, and shows them that we can be grateful for things beyond material possessions.
Name your blessings
Whether you are religious or secular, a great practice to keep is to count the good things in your life. Whether this is something you do in your head before you get up for the morning or something you share with your family in prayer before a meal, share this practice with your children. You’d be surprised with how positively it affects your mindset for the day.
Say Thank You
Children pick up what we say and do and it influences how they act. Take every opportunity to thank a person. Whether it’s your waiter for your meal, the cashier for your purchase, or grandma for that sweater, your child will see the sincerity in expressing thanks and be more incline to do so as well.
When things don’t go your way, it’s easy to wallow in self-pity. Sometimes the waves of negativity seem never ending, but this is the most important time to stop and gain perspective. Find the silver lining, push yourself to see the glass half full. What starts out to be a chore will become second nature, and when your children refocus on the positives, it will instill a resilience that will be beneficial for a lifetime.