How to teach Gratitude to children

Learn how to teach gratitude to your children and yourself. 10 fun activities you can do with your kids at home, free printable work sheets and few tips for making gratitude part of your daily life. 

How to practice Gratitude
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But really, this is such an important part of our daily routine. So much so, that I decided to create a FREE printable to share with you all, so you guys can practice at with your kids at home too!

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Years ago, when I was working in a corporate position we had a team coach. Every week our team would meet with the coach and one of the activities was practicing gratitude. I was told to write down a detailed list of things each morning and email it to my coach to be held accountable. For me, the results were phonemail! 

Because of this, I started asking my daughter to participate and even though she was only 3 when we started it was really cute to hear what she was grateful for! (Like unicorns and candy) 

Now my daughter is 6 and can do this practice much better. It is always extremely helpful for me to pull out this exercise when she’s in a bad mood or having a bad morning or hard time. It brings her back to reality and makes her realize what is important

How to teach children gratitude 
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The daily gratitude I learned to practice with my old coach was a little more specific so I’ll also make an adult version and add it to the FREE downloads! If you do it for just one week you will totally see a difference in your mood and your actions for the day! I think it’s so amazing how strong our mind is and you know as they say .. “your thoughts become things, so choose the good ones”

Start out by printing 5 copies for each child you have. Every morning before you start your day, ask your child what they are grateful for. I think it is totally fine for you to write in the answers for them especially if they are not old enough to spell and write properly yet. Make sure you save them and put a date on them! At the end of the week, you read them together before bed and talk about how many wonderful things you have to celebrate. It also helps the kids sleep really good at night going to bed on such a positive note.

Download the FREE high res PDF  HERE.

girls gratitude

Boys Gratitude

how to practice gratitude
How to teach children gratitude 

Daily Questions to ask

how to practice gratitude
  1. what is your favorite color? Can you find 3 things in your room that are your favorite color?
  2. Name 3 people that love you. 
  3. Think of something that makes you laugh really hard.
  4. Are you healthy and do you feel good
  5. Think of a friend that you love spending time with. 
  6. What is your favorite part about your house?
  7. What is your favorite ocean animal and have you ever seen it?
  8.  Name a person you are thankful for?
  9. What is your favorite game to play?
  10. Name a food you are thankful for.
  11. How did you help somebody today?
  12. Who can you write a note to and what would you say?

Journals

There are actually quite a few journals designed for kids you can just order on amazon. Below are a few I recommend

Need other fun and unique ideas? I created a kindness board on Amazon and you can shop it here for inspiration and tons of fun things to buy for not just your kids but adults too. 

cheers Megan
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