Kids don't come by an attitude of gratitude naturally. Just like sharing or turn-taking, it's a social skill they need to learn, says psychologist Jeffrey Froh, an associate professor at Hofstra University who's a leading gratitude researcher.
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I don't want to teach my kids gratefulness just so they can be good. I want to teach them to be grateful so that no matter how much they have (or don't have), they will never be truly poor.
Parenting is hard. Doing it in our culture is even harder. But it is possible to raise grateful, hard-working kids who put others first.
Teaching our kids to say "thank you" is important, but truly instilling a sense of gratitude in them is another matter entirely. Gratitude goes beyond good manners -- it's a mindset and a lifestyle.
If you weave gratitude and appreciation into your family's day-to-day life, happiness will occur naturally.
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