How To Reinforce The Value Of Gratitude To Our Kids [Parenting Tips]

July 21, 2021

If there is one value that I want to inculcate to my kids, it's for them to know the importance of gratitude early on.

I consider gratitude to be one of the most important values any individual could ever have. That’s because having gratitude keeps one appreciative of even the littlest things that they receive. As such, gratitude keeps people happy and contented with both material and non-material things that they continue to receive. In the end, I think a person who has gratitude has greater peace of mind and is, therefore, a lot happier in life.

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How To Reinforce The Value Of Gratitude To Our Kids [Parenting Tips]


    What really is gratitude?


    According to Wikipedia, gratitude is having a feeling of appreciation for the things that we receive.

    A grateful person finds joy and bliss in the many simple things around them such as food on the table, a comfortable house to live in, clothes for protection, and so on, knowing that they are lucky to be provided with these necessities.

    At times, we feel discontented with the things that we possess and that is understandable. As humans, it’s natural for us to strive for more. Furthermore, it’s not all the time when we’re not in the best mood. We ask questions, we compare our lives with other people, we dream of bigger things and those are perfectly fine as long as we don’t let those negative emotions consume us.

    Just the same, when we feel dissatisfied and unhappy, it’s always beneficial to look back at what we have and do our best to find joy in the simplest of things.

    How I plan to introduce the concept of gratitude to our kids


    I think it’s never too early to start teaching our kids the importance of gratitude as a virtue. I know it will never be an easy journey, especially since children would often have varying wants. Having said that, teaching the value of gratitude to the little ones is part of the whole process of raising them. It’s something that needs to be consistently repeated to them to be able to inculcate the concept to them as they grow.

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    Before I continue though, I just want to say that I don’t consider myself an expert when it comes to the topic of parenting. After all, there is no one-size-fits-all parenting style. What works for me may not work for another and vice-versa. That’s the reason why I don’t really try to replicate the strategies of other parents. Just the same, I don’t and won’t ever impose my strategies on others.

    I do read up a lot about how things are done for certain situations or some technical concept that I’m trying to understand. Most of the time though, I rely on gut feel because I know perfectly well what my kids need.

    I’m sure you feel the same way, too, as parents. You listen to your instincts because you just know that they are almost always right.

    Anyway, to proceed, I just want to share how I intend to instill and reinforce the concept of gratefulness to my kids.

    1. Teach them to always say thank you


    I want my kids to be generous in saying “thank you” as they grow up. I want them to be thankful for the gifts or favors they receive from people at all times. It’s always nice to express gratitude for the small things that come their way.

    2. Appreciate the little things that come our way


    No gift or blessing is too small. As such, I want my children to understand that whatever they receive deserves to be appreciated. In addition, I think learning to appreciate all things, big or small, is the secret to being truly happy.

    3. Know the value of patience


    I also want my kids to realize that not all things will be given to us right away. Many times, we have to wait for whatever we desire for an indefinite period of time. Therefore, we have to be grateful for what we have at the moment.

    4. Learn to give back


    I want to teach my children that a grateful heart is a generous one. A person who is grateful feels that he has all the essentials that he needs, as such, they feel find happiness in sharing what they have with other people. In a way, being generous is like letting other people enjoy the same privileges that they have.

    5. We may sometimes not get the things that we wish for at all


    In the end, not everything will be given to us and that’s perfectly fine. Still, we should count the things that have been given to us and not dwell on the things that we didn’t get. After all, there are occasions when we receive what we wished for in a different form, we just need to learn how to recognize them.

    Things that I’m grateful for


    At this point, I’d like to express my appreciation for the wonderful things my family and I have received during the past year or so.

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    Firstly, I’m grateful for the gift of health because my family and I remain disease-free in the time of the pandemic.

    Secondly, I would like to express my appreciation to all the brands that have trusted me for their campaigns. They are the following:

    • Alaska
    • Ariel Detergent
    • Bayani Brew
    • Big Oven
    • Bioderm
    • Bioflu
    • Canon
    • Chicken Stop
    • Clearex
    • Coms360 and Page One
    • Ed & Kes soap
    • Glorious Coffee
    • Home Foodie
    • Human Nature
    • Kidloland
    • Kleenfant
    • Lady’s Choice
    • Liang Crispy Roll
    • Lola Remedios
    • Lumina Homes
    • M2 Malunggay Tea
    • Malayan Insurance
    • Novellino Wines
    • Old Spice
    • Realfit Gopods E5 Earbuds
    • Rodolfo Pizzeria
    • Trulife Digestipro
    • URC
    • Vince Dizon
    • Wise Cleaner
    • Yellow Cab

    Moreover, I’m thankful for the new people in the blogging industry that I’ve met. I’ve received so many opportunities even if I still consider blogging as a hobby and I'm not a popular blogger. 

    I don't and won't ever consider myself an influencer. Just the same, I'm happy to be able to convey positive messages to other people. And for all of those, I’m grateful.

    Epilogue


    I consider gratitude to be an important virtue. I’d like to think that I have it as I’m thankful for all the blessings that I receive. Like everybody else, I’m not perfect but I do try my best to be contented and grateful for what I have.

    Gratitude is something that I also want my kids to have so I’ll try my best to introduce and reinforce it to them as early as I can. After all, it’s never too early to instill positive ideals in our children.

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    13 comments

    1. I agree po, gratitude is a great value that we should teach to the children while they are young. I like the ways that you have listed, I think these are really effective.

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    2. I love this. Gratitude is important and I always teach my kids this. You should be thankful for what you have!

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    3. I think its great to teach gratitude in a purposeful way beyond please and thank you!

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    4. Wonderful post and thank you for teaching your kids this wonderful value.

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    5. Gratitude is a huge thing, these sound like some great ways to instil this into your child.

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    6. I so believe that kids learn by example. When they see us being grateful, they learn.

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    7. Agree po dadi iv gratitude ang isa sa pinaka importanfe attitude ng tao minsan kasi yung iba nakakalimutan na din yan kaya mas maganda po habang pa sila natuturuan na. Anyway i like your tips po big help lalo na pag nag ka baby na ako para nagkakaroon na din ako ng idea.

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    8. Richelle Escat22 July 2021 at 20:57

      Wow, that's a long list of brand, I do practice gratitude too, for myself, it makes me feel contented.

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    9. Scarlett Brooklyn22 July 2021 at 21:35

      I'll follow these for my niece, it's better to do it at her young age.

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    10. This is such a lovely and important post. Children do need to learn this from a young age and to learn to appreciate even the little things. It makes a big difference to their lives.

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    11. Gratitude is an important aspect of our lives! We need to teach our kids gratitude!

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    12. This is important post. Yes children needs to learn gratitude and kindes from their tender age.

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    13. I already read this blog po, Worth it po ang pag babasa ko. And thankyou for sharing this daddy ivan Very helpful itong tips na shinare. Yes i agree po isa sa pinaka importante ang Gratitude, habang bata palang din po ang mga anak natin turuan napo natin silang mag Pasalamat. Maliit man po o malaki dapat pahalagahan natin. Kung ano man ang mga natatanggap natin huwag na huwag nating kakalimutan mag Pasalamat dahil isa itong biyaya na binibigay sa atin.

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