Out with the Halloween candy and in with the Thanksgiving plans! As you and your families get into the holiday spirit, take time with your kids to reflect on the things you’re grateful for this year.
As a child’s No. 1 influence, parents can teach your kids about the importance of expressing gratitude through your own selfless acts and behavior.
This holiday season, consider these tips to strengthen your family bonds and encourage gratitude towards others:
1. Random acts of kindness.
Help your neighbors with their groceries. Shovel grandma’s driveway. Escort an elderly person across the street. Being a positive role model for your children will inspire them to do something selfless for someone else.
In addition to helping others, volunteering as a family can strengthen your relationships and help kids appreciate what they have. Choose a cause or an organization together and help in any way you can.
3. Make something special.
Get crafty for someone who deserves an extra special thank you! Whether it’s a video or a card, this gift will bring a smile to the recipient’s face and help teach your kids to show appreciation and love for others.
4. Expand your circle of gratitude.
Each year, friends, family, teachers and others close to you are at the receiving end of your gratitude. This holiday season, expand your circle – show appreciation to other people in your community, such as mailmen, emergency responders or retail workers.
5. Share the holiday spirit with others.
Unfortunately, not everyone has family or friends nearby to celebrate the holiday season. If you know a friend, co-worker or neighbor who doesn’t have plans, invite them to join your holiday festivities.
For more tips on how to connect with your children this holiday season, visit the Parenting Approach section of our website.
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