Written by Kristin Barton Cuthriell, M.Ed., MSW, LCSW
-John F. Kennedy
My children were taught at a very young age to say thank you and no thank you. When my daughter was three, I would pick her up from preschool and her teacher would often tell me how polite she was to everybody. Matter of fact, she was so polite that she responded “no thank you” when her teacher asked her if she was ready to go to the computer lab, and when her dentist asked if she was ready to get her teeth cleaned. (By the way, these really weren’t choices.)
Although she was taught to say the right words, did she really feel gratitude? I hope so. We can easily throw words around, but do we feel them? Do our children? Today so many kids have so much; are they truly grateful?
Cellphones, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, 3DS, PSP, MP3 Help! Too many numbers and letters to keep straight. How many gaming systems do they need? And what would they do if they could no longer text message?
This morning I found a terrific article by Kristen Stewart called Teaching Kids the Importance of Gratitude. Kristin Stewart states, “Expressing feelings of thanks can decrease stress and increase a feeling of belonging. The best way parents can raise grateful kids is by modeling the behavior themselves.” She goes on to say, “Most parents have taught their kids the importance of saying thank you by grade school, if not sooner. But how many have truly instructed them in the art of being grateful?”
Her article explains the importance of gratitude and ways to teach it to children. Whether you have children or not, I encourage you to read Stewart’s article. The link can be found below along with some other great posts.
Kristen Stewart’s article
- Teaching Kids the Importance of Gratitude (everydayhealth.com)
Other great articles on gratitude
What If Today We Were More Grateful? (fullcatastropheliving.wordpress.com)
- Attitude of Gratitude (simplysaidbysaucy.com)
- Grateful (livelearnloveeat.com)
- When You’re Maditude Think of Gratitude (wordsofhonestunwisdom.com)
- The Power of Thankfulness (joanyedwards.wordpress.com)
- Wise Words: Have An Attitude of Gratitude (clutchmagonline.com)
- Gratitude and the Gratitude-Exercise Connection (natalializon.wordpress.com)
- Thankful Is More Than Just A Polite, Thank You (asecondcup.wordpress.com)
- Kindness and Gratitude (mummycando.wordpress.com)