“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” — Brother David Steindl-Rast
We can teach our children to be grateful for their family, friends, teachers, and nature. Helping our children experience gratefulness will build their character and ethics as they grow into adulthood.
Help your children be grateful by teaching them:
* About money and how much money it takes to buy things they want.
* To appreciate their home, family, and the food they eat.
* To take care of their pets and how grateful their pets are for good care.
* To appreciate their school and teachers and their ability to learn everything they can.
* How you helped them get involved in martial arts and other activities.
* To write thank you notes when they receive a gift.
“Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.” Rousseau
Help your children understand that doing a good deed for another does not mean they should expect something back.
Being grateful is something for which we should all strive; giving gratitude makes us feel good. Every day, discuss different things you are grateful for.