Don't Forget to Say Thank You

Gratefulness is an important life quality because it helps us to be thankful for what we have instead of complaining about what we don't have. Gratefulness is a lifestyle but it starts by saying "Thank you" to others who bless us.

Begin now to prepare your children for receiving gifts. Talk about the importance of the giver, not just the gift. Teach children to look at the nametag first so they can be thinking of the person who gave the gift while they open it. Encourage children to express thanks to the giver, even if that person is not in the room at the time. A phone call to extended family or a thank you note to a distant friend can mean a lot.

Gift receiving sometimes provides that awkward moment when we want to ask, "What is this?" or discover that we already have one of these. Play a "What if" game with children to help them anticipate how they might say thank you in those times.

Opening gifts can happen fast and then children are off playing with new toys and games. Helping them to take time to express gratefulness can extend the true meaning of Christmas past the few hours of Christmas Day. And don't forget to take time to thank the Lord for his special gift in Jesus Christ for us.

What are some things you've done to teach your children about gratefulness?
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2 comments:

  1. Very important tip to use in single parent homes. This is your opportunity to pass on a life long living skill that will serve your children well as they mature.

    So many kids in single parent home get caught up in manipulating each parent in a different home into out giving the other parent. Talk to your children about appreciating what each parent can do out of love.

    Role play having your children show expressions of gratitude when they are with the other parent and extended family members when you won't be there to remind them.

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  2. We play the present game as Christmas and birthdays approach. Everyone gets a gift bag and they search through the house for any random item. Then we sit in a circle and "give" our gifts to each other. We teach our children to say thank you when they receive the gift before they even open it because the fact that someone thought enough of them to buy them a gift is the gift that deserves gratitude. They then open their pretend gift and (this is the fun part) they have to come up with something nice to say no matter what it is. If it's a fork, "Yea! I can eat my dinner with this!" If it's a too small piece of clothing, "What a pretty color!" If it's a DVD they've already seen, "What a great movie, thank you!" It helps prepare our children so much for that random gift Grandma's going to surprise them with! And it reminds them that the gratitude is to the person and their act of love, not the gift. It's an easy and fun game that can be played anytime!

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