Giving Thanks — Real Advice for Real Life from the American Nanny
Real Advice For Real Life
Parenting Expert Advice from Author and America’s Nanny,
Giving Thanks – Teaching Kids Thankfulness
Although the Thanksgiving season seems to push our consciousness of thankfulness into overdrive, instilling an attitude of gratitude in our children is something that we should aim to practice year round. But as we face the beginning of the hectic holiday season, how can you keep the river of thankfulness flowing in the hearts and minds of our children?
Be a good role model
Thank people for services well done. Tip service providers- and tell your children why. Write thank you notes when you receive a gift. Pray for other people. Be charitable. Talk about the needs of others and how as a family you can help.
Give up a goodie
Try going a day without TV, video games, or dessert. Give your child an experience of going without a nonessential and share how others have to go without many of life’s essentials.
Give back to the community
Collect food for the local food pantry. Purchase a Christmas toy for Toys for Tots. Donate gently used clothes and toys to a homeless shelter. Talk about (and find ways to help) those who have less. Family, shelter, health, and friends are important every day. Remind your children that some people don’t have a family, a home of their own or their health and that they are blessed to have what they do have.
When kids are given responsibility to care for their belongings, earn money (rather than getting it from bribes) and to help out around the house, they develop a deeper appreciation for what they have.
Give thanks often
Whether it be a blessing at dinner, a prayer before bed, a family journal or a game where everyone takes turns sharing, make it a point to give thanks for what you have as a family.
Have a thankful attitude
Even when things seem rough- there are always things to be thankful for. Teach your children to always find the silver lining in the clouds of life. When children are taught to be thankful, they grow up with an attitude of appreciation, a grateful heart, and helpful spirit, ready and willing to help those who have less.
Michelle is an active member of the nanny community. She is the founder and president of Boston Area Nannies, Inc., a local non-profit educational organization and has served on the International Nanny Association Board of Directors.
She is called on by the media as a nanny and parenting expert and has been affectionately dubbed America's Nanny. Michelle has appeared on television and has been featured in print.
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