Model Gratitude: Children imitate adult behavior. In your daily interactions, model saying “thank you” to store clerks, teachers, librarians and family members. Encourage your child to follow suit. When you write a thank you note to someone they know, let them add a picture or dictate a few words. As they get older, encourage them to write their own thank you cards or make thank you gifts for people who have touched their lives, such as teachers, coaches or community helpers.
Share “Three Good Things“ Each Day: As a family, make it a ritual to share three good things that happened that day. This is a perfect way to connect at dinnertime or bedtime. Simply ask children a question such as, “What made you happy today?” “What went well?” Or “What are you thankful for?” And don’t forget to share your own reflections, modeling for your kids a daily attitude of gratitude for the small things in life.
Use Books and Media to Talk about Gratitude: Children are inspired and motivated by the examples of others — both people they know and characters they read about and watch. Here are a few books and videos that may prompt some good conversation between you and your child: