This ‘Ways To Grow Thankful Kids’ post is a partnership with Disney Book Group. But as always, all opinions are my own.
Are you looking for ways to grow thankful kids? Humans can be selfish by nature. But everyone appreciates those who are kind, considerate, and compassionate. Those traits are taught young and built upon. While nobody is perfect, there are things we can do to help children become the very best they can be.
Ways To Grow Thankful Kids – Developing Gratitude
Seeing Is Believing:
More is caught than taught…… sound familiar? If you want your kids to be thankful, the biggest and best thing you can do is model that behavior yourself!
Children are learning and absorbing information from birth. So start teaching manners and thankfulness from infant on. When your baby hands you a ball, tell them thank you. If you pass your toddler a cookie, be sure to share with them why it’s nice to say thank you.
Send Thank You Cards:
When birthdays and Christmas roll around, have your children make homemade thank-you cards for special gifts they’ve received. Even better, let them hand deliver! Letting them experience the joy and happiness that a simple gesture can bring will solidify the gratitude you’re trying to instill.
Once a year, Mo Willems encourages you to spread thankfulness with Thank-O-Rama. Mo Willems’ annual ThankoRama is a month long celebration in May derived from the final book in the Elephant & Piggie series, The Thank You Book. It’s a celebration of thanking all, especially children, for being readers. What a great, easy way to spread gratitude, and the website has all sorts of free printables to make saying “thanks!” easy!
Have A Gratitude Day:
Spend a day talking about gratitude and all the people you are thankful for in life. Then, bake some cookies, make some cards, and go out to thank those special people! If you’re looking for some ideas of who you can thank, don’t forget:
- Favorite Radio Personality
- A Local Farmer
- Grocery Store Clerk
- Bus Driver
- Police Officer
- Beautician/Hair Dresser
- Or anyone else that your family is grateful for.
Remind Older Children To Consider Who And What They Are Thankful For:
As kids grow into tweens and teens, they can get completely wrapped up in their own lives. But take time to have heart-to-heart talks with them. Share who, what, and why you’re thankful for the people in your life and ask them to do the same. (Be sure to let them know why you’re also thankful for them!)
Participate In Gratitude-Rich Activities:
Volunteer for your local food shelf, serve food at a homeless shelter, or check with other local organizations for opportunities to serve. Allowing your children to witness a variety of situations and then also see the gratitude others give can be life-changing.
Mo Willems’ Annual ThankoRama Month
Wrap up the 2018-2019 school year being thankful! This celebration is perfect for thanking everyone in life, including children.
Thankful For Reading
One thing that I’m especially grateful for is our family’s love of reading. All five of our children love to read and/or be read to. Of course, our youngest can’t read yet so she’s the one who loves story time but the others will literally spend hours each day with their noses buried in a book. And I give credit to the wonderful authors out there like Mo Willems. The beloved Pigeon series? My kids can’t get enough of what Mo Willems has created there. How about the new release, Harold & Hog Pretend for Real!? Credit goes to Mo Willems and Dan Santat on that one! Without amazing authors, our world would be a boring place.
About Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Series NEWEST BOOK: Harold & Hog Pretend for Real
The Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series is an early-reader option created and coedited by Mo Willems. This series features exciting new stories from renowned, award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators. But the best part is that children just love them! Harold & Hog Pretend for Real! is the 6th book in the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series and it’s a wonderful option for young readers.
In this new book, Harold and Hog try to pretend they are Elephant and Piggie.
Hog is careful. Harold is not.
Harold cannot help smiling. Hog can.
Hog worries so that Harold does not have to.
Harold and Hog are best friends. But can Harold and Hog’s friendship survive a game of pretending to be Elephant & Piggie? Follow along to find out what happens when they stop pretending and start getting real!
Now available in stores as well as on Amazon, be sure to grab your copy of Harold & Hog Pretend For Real! today!
And if you’re looking to end the school year with a bit of gratitude, spin Pigeon’s Thank-O-Rama Spinner to see who you could thank today. So tell me, what’s your favorite way or biggest tip to grow thankful kids?