8 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Grateful This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to be thankful for all of the good things in your lives, which also makes it the perfect time to teach your kids how to be grateful for what they have. 

Here are 8 ways to teach your kids about gratitude this Thanksgiving:

1. Host a Thanksgiving Dinner

Keep your kids involved when you host a Thanksgiving dinner by having them help prepare the dinner and arrange the decoration. This will make them more appreciative of the food they eat and the time spent with loved ones.

2. Create a Thankful Ambiance at Your Home

Decorate your house with Thanksgiving decorations like handprint turkey crafts or a Thanksgiving wreath. Creating a joyful ambiance in your home will help your kids realize they have something to be grateful for. 

3. Give Back to Your Community

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to give back to the community. Buy some toys for children in need or volunteer at a food bank. Show your kids that giving back to the community is essential.

4. Write a Thank-You Note to Your Friends 

Writing a “Thank-You” note is any day more powerful than saying it. Buy blank cards and having your kids write  Thank-You notes to their friends will mean so much to their friends. They can write about what they like about their friends and why they are grateful to have them in their life.

5. Do a Good Deed

Encourage your kids to do a good deed the entire week, such as serving meals to those in need or helping the elderly cross the street, to help them build gratitude.

6. Fill the Gratitude Jar

Ask your family members to write on a piece of paper about the things they are thankful for and put it in a jar. Read these out during the Thanksgiving dinner to teach your kids how to express their gratitude.

7. Get Your Kids Involved in Household Chores

Teach your kids to help in household chores like setting up the dinner table, doing the laundry, watering the plants, etc. Appreciate their efforts to help them learn how to show gratitude to others. 

8. Decorate Your Thanksgiving Tree

Put up a Thanksgiving tree and hang thank you notes on it. Decorate it with ornaments and other decorations to make the tree look stunning and vibrant. 

These are some ways in which you can teach your children to be grateful this Thanksgiving!


Dorothy Hastings

Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and Child Care Programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child's social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.

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