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LET'S GET REAL

GRATEFULNESS: TIPS FOR TEACHING YOUR KIDS HOW TO BE GRATEFUL By: Krystal Henry

Mom: “Tre, what does it mean to be grateful?” Child: “It means to be happy for the stuff that you have...you shouldn’t want more...you should just be happy.” This was the beginning of a conversation I had with my 6-year old son one day on the way home from school. As I continued to drive, I asked him for specific examples of what he is grateful for and he went on to talk to me about his family, his new room, friends, toys and books, and I thought, ok, he has a good idea. As 2018 winds down, I’ve been doing more thinking about the concept of gratefulness and how I am teaching my son how to incorporate this practice into his everyday life. Even as a 1st grader, he will say “thank you” when it is necessary, but I wondered if he really ‘got it’ when it came to the intangible feelings and thoughts about gratitude and what it means to be appreciative. As with other concepts like telling the truth, being kind and demonstrating good sportsmanship, I believe it is necessary to explicitly teach kids what gratefulness is and how to show it. If you’re like me, you are bracing for (or in the midst of) your kids’ temporary super extended weekend a.k.a. Winter Break! And if you’re a mom whose kids are beyond school years- close your eyes and send some positive vibes our way! For those of us that have the pleasure of being home for several uninterrupted days, you could find yourself having conversations about gratefulness and how your kids can better

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