In today’s world, the current generation of kids and teens often feel entitled to the things they want. They sometimes exhibit a demanding attitude towards family and others in their lives. Kids are not grateful and they’re not interested in serving others for a greater purpose. As parents, we must teach our children the importance of gratitude and service. The holiday season is a neat time for doing this, and here are some ways to teach gratitude.
Lead By Example
Your kids need to see you maintain a mindset of gratitude and service. If your kids received birthday gifts from relatives, sit with them and prepare thank-you cards together. If you volunteer your time at an animal shelter, sign the kids up so that they can go with you regularly. By doing this, you teach them what gratitude is my example.
Avoid Purchasing Too Much Stuff Unnecessarily
Ditch the habit of buying things for your kids just because they ask for it or because they got good grades. They should be good for the sake of being good, not for a material bribe. Therefore, limit special gifts for occasions such as their birthday and holidays. However, it’s fine to buy nice things for them occasionally to reward moments when they have accomplished something big.
Give Them Chores
When your kids do chores, they show that they care about helping you manage your household effectively, and it’s a form of gratitude for the way you provide and take care of them. Avoid paying them for chores because they’ll expect it every time they do them. Focus on helping them be motivated by love for you and a desire to serve.
Have Them Shop for Cousins’ Gifts
Teens who are employed, have them use part of their money to buy special gifts for their cousins. Sit with your teens and talk about the things that their cousins might want for Christmas. The teens will write gift ideas down and shop early.
In conclusion, these are a few ways you can teach gratitude to your kids this holiday season.