Practicing gratitude is such an important element to leading a fulfilled and content life and as parents, we can teach our children about gratitude, how to practice it and where to find it (in our lives and in our hearts). When we continuously recognize and celebrate all the things that we are lucky to have, we have the possibility to live a life richer than we could have ever imagined:
Be thankful for what you have, you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. - Oprah
There are many ways to encourage our children to walk around with open eyes, to notice, see and appreciate all the things they are lucky to have in their lives and to be grateful for them. From saying 'grace' before a meal, to making them earn their pocket money or any other materialistic item that they may want. From teaching them kindness and the importance of being of service to others to exposing them (in an age-appropriate way) to some of the realities of this world.
I found that a wonderful way to encourage gratitude in our children is through their senses: what do you feel, see, hear, smell or taste? When you bake (and smell the delicious cookies in the oven that you made), when you skate (and feel the wind in your hair as you fly down the road) when you draw (and see what you have created with your own hands)?
There are also games and activities to playfully encourage gratitude, like a gratitude card game or a gratitude mason jar (which your child can fill daily with little notes of thanks). Our favorite is this Gratitude Scavenger Hunt by Natural Beach Living. Such a sweet and fun way to encourage our children to be thankful for what they have! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜💗
PS: this not only for kids 😍!