Saturday, November 16, 2013

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Gratitude With Children

What are you thankful for?

November is a fabulous time to practice gratitude and a thankful attitude with children, whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving!

Research is showing that people who practice gratitude feel happier, more optimistic, and more energy.  Children who practice gratitude tend to get better grades, get along better with family and friends, and set higher goals.  

How can you experience gratitude with your children?  Here are a few ideas:

* Get a special notebook and record three things you're grateful for daily with your children.

* Talk about what you're grateful for at dinner, breakfast, or bedtime.

* Talk about people you're grateful for.

* Express gratitude to your children (for example, "Thank you for helping Charlie get his shoes.  I really appreciate it!).

* Make a Grateful Tree: Write something you're grateful on "leaves" and hang a few up each day.

How do you encourage gratitude in your children?  I'd love to know!

This post is part of the 21 Days of Gratitude Challenge, organized by Inspired by Family Mag.  Be sure to stop by the other blogs involved and be inspired by a little extra dose of gratitude!

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I may share at any of these parties!