Attitude of Gratitude
We have all heard this before, that we should practice an attitude of gratitude. Sometimes we find ourselves in a rut, and then we struggle to do the things we know we should be doing. If we take a minute, and really look though, everyone is truly blessed with something, we just have to take a look.
I have found myself in that position before. Here recently, with Covid, and everything going on in the world, I have found myself feeling anxious and out of control. I am left with a feeling of inadequacy and feeling like I am not worth anything. I feel like our children are going through the same feelings.
What can we do to help? The key is, to foster a mindset. The mindset to take a look each day and see where we are blessed. To put down the phones, step away from the noise, and then appreciate the friends, family, and things we are blessed with. Maybe spend some time thinking of who and what is important to us, and focusing on that.
What can we do as parents to help develop this attitude of gratitude? We can demonstrate an “Attitude of Gratitude” to our children by always using good manners. Saying “Please” and “Thank you” go a long way in showing gratitude toward others for the things they do for us. Teach your children to earn things so that they learn to appreciate what they have versus what they don’t.
You can also give them chores or tasks around the house. Make them earn things such as an allowance or a toy that they may really want. They’ll learn to be more thankful for the things they receive and have and to take better care of them. Show your gratitude for your children through appropriate praise and lots of hugs.
Your children’s self-esteem will grow when they feel appreciated for who they are and what they do by your expressed gratitude. What are you thankful for?