Although on the other hand, we actually also want our children to grow up to be individuals who are always grateful and grateful for what they have. As a parent, you certainly don’t want your beloved baby to be centered on themselves and become mature individuals who are always selfish.
So what can parents do to teach their children to be grateful? Check it out below.
1. Start Early
Teaching and instilling gratitude in children should be done from an early age. This can be started by not directly giving them what they want. It’s not a problem if you want to provide good things for children. But if every time the child wants something and you immediately grant it immediately, this will make the child feel they have the right to get the item and do not understand how to be grateful to have something.
2. Be a good role model for children
The most effective teaching in teaching children something is to be a good example or role model for them. Because a theory is not enough, children need to see concrete evidence that is done by their parents, so that they can imitate and apply these good things into a habit. For example, if children see their parents often save money, give thanks and do good deeds, they will indirectly keep these teachings in mind until they are old.
3. Apply the ‘Get One, Give One’ Rule
Instilling an attitude of gratitude in children can also be done by applying the teachings of ‘get one, give one’. For example, when the child gets a doll or other new item, then teach the child to let go of the old toy to give to someone else. Donating items to others who are more in need is the best teaching pattern how to teach children to be grateful.
4. Practice What You Tell
A theory of how to be grateful alone will not be enough to make your child a grateful person. Moreover, the tendency of a child to always imitate what his parents do. Now, if you want to have children who are always grateful, then start with yourself.
5. Volunteer as a Family
Speaking of helping disadvantaged people, the sooner you can get your kids involved in volunteering, the better. Volunteering is a great way to strengthen relationships in the family. Meanwhile, volunteering does not mean that you always have to go out in the field. You can start small, such as attending religious events in your community. Which is certainly good for children who are still at an early age.
Those are some ways to teach children to be grateful. Forming a person who is always grateful will produce humble children who love others.