Gratitude. The quality of being thankful, able to show appreciation, and to return kindness. In the spirit of Ramadan, we’re talking all about being thankful and showing gratitude.
But what does gratitude mean to children? Does feeling grateful mean that you show gratitude as well?
Studies suggest that we don’t teach our kids enough about showing gratitude. How can we raise grateful children that can verbalize and show gratitude, which will help them lead happy and successful lives as adults?
Why gratitude is important
Psychological research shows a strong association between cultivating gratitude and greater happiness. When we’re grateful, we’re often healthier, more positive, and more resilient. It promotes optimism and helps us develop a more positive outlook. Being grateful can also create more meaningful experiences as your life is filled with purpose and passion.
Gratitude in children
What does gratitude mean to children at such a young age? Let’s talk a little about nature versus nurture.
Children learn through example; it goes without saying that when children visually see adult role models in their lives show gratitude, they will also show gratitude. By using gratuitous words and phrases in front of your child, you are creating an excellent framework for them to thrive and learn to be grateful as a habit. If your child is younger, you can always rely on non-verbal cues to instil the sense of gratitude. These cues also increase your child’s emotional intelligence and sets them on a path to have the right attitude for life.
Age focused approach
Here are some simple steps to teach your child how to be grateful –
- Praise your child when they use gratuitous words.
- Use the power of songs, integrate greetings, thank you, and please into a tune to make it easier for your child to remember.
- Storytelling is key. Create a story around the theme of please and thank you.
- Encourage discussion around how they feel when being thankful.
- Repetition – acknowledge the request, repeat back to them with please and thank you. Praise when they repeat after you.
- Create Vision boards of what they are grateful for – receiving a cookie, spending time with their family time.
- Identify what they are grateful for, help them understand what they shouldn’t take for granted.
- Role play – playing sharing games also teaches gratitude, so is learning to share toys.
To sum up:
Being grateful is something children need to be taught. There are many benefits to showing gratuity, within their own lives but also for others. Make sure you set an example for your child, show gratuity to them and to others. Praise our child when they say please and thank you by themselves.
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