Parents know what they have to teach children. Today, we will focus here brief information about teaching children gratitude.

They teach them manners, and how to use the potty. They teach them how to eat at the table, how to get dressed in the morning, and eventually, how to tie their own shoes. Sadly, one of the forgotten teachings of parenthood is teaching children how to be grateful. We all talk about how spoiled our children are.

We scratch our heads after birthdays and Christmas’ wondering what we have done wrong. How could they be acting like such a brat after we just gave them so much? Yet, when is the last time you taught your child to be grateful. As a parent, it is immensely important for children, even very young ones – to realize that a grateful heart can lead to great things in life.

teaching children gratitude
Teaching children gratitude

The trick is knowing how to teach your child how to be thankful, without the obvious insertions of prayers or manners, so that they develop what would be consider an air of gratitude. An easy way with toddlers is to begin talking about things with them.

Ask them to identify the things that make them happy. Each night, after you read your book and just before they close their eyes to go to sleep – ask them what they like about their parents, their siblings, and themselves. Ask them what their favorite part of the day way? Get them to start recognizing the things in life that make them happy and grateful naturally.

When you go out for a walk, rather than just look at the beautiful blue sky, try to get them to understand the great importance of them. It is a gift for children to see the world as larger than life and magical all at the same time.

Talk to your toddlers about how they think things work in life and value their perspective rather than try to teach them the science behind everything.

Another way to help them feel gratitude is to teach your child to help others. When your children see that other people, or animals even are in need and realize that they can make a difference, they begin to see their own life in a whole new way.

When you start talking about gratitude with your children from a young age, you are more likely to raise children that have the innermost desire to give back to the world.

Another important aspect of helping children refocus to the positive, is that they will begin to understand how nice and liberating it is to think good thoughts. Your children will be able to make the connection between what they think and how they feel – and be less likely to crave attention through negative behaviors.

teaching children gratitude
Teaching children gratitude

It is one thing to teach your child how to say thank you. It is something entirely different to teach them how to feel it.

Teaching Young Children about Sexuality

There comes a point when your child will ask the important questions of life.  How did I get here, how come I am a boy, how are boys and girls different, etc…  The list goes on and embarrassed parents everywhere begin yammering on about the stork and other lies in order to escape the conversation completely. 

Then of course, these young toddlers also begin to explore their own bodies and it is commonplace to leave 3 year olds to play and come back to find that they are all negative completely impressed by the goods of their opposite sex playmates. 

Mom’s reaction is to scream and cover her eyes hoping that this whole thing is just a dream only to realize that it is in fact a reality.  Human beings are born into this world with an innate curiosity about the opposite sex.  During the toddler years it is completely comprised of innocent curiosity, yet so many parents unwittingly make their kids feel ashamed.

teaching children gratitude
Teaching children gratitude

When young children are taught about sexuality without embarrassment or shame they grow up to accept themselves more easily.  Obviously, you shouldn’t explain the birds and the bees to your children with explicit detail while they are young; you also shouldn’t bend the truth so much that it fits into a fairy tale. 

You should talk plainly about their male or female anatomy and help them understand the difference between boys and girls without embarrassment.

Another aspect of teaching kids about sexuality is explaining the differences between good touch and bad touch.  Toddlers and young children MUST be aware that no person aside from people you trust and perhaps a doctor should touch them in private places. 

Similarly, while kids will undress without embarrassment no matter where they are, you have to help them understand the differences between being home with family and being at the grocery store.  And you have to do this without making your child feel as though they have done something wrong.

Every family treats nudity different.  If you are one of those families that cringe at the thought of seeing naked children trample through the house or who is always covered up when coming out of the shower, you may be sending a subliminal message about body image and self esteem. 

Yes, privacy becomes mandatory at some point, especially with the opposite sex parent and modesty is a welcome trait in people – but it also shouldn’t be something that is heralded as a “secret” or “unspeakable.”  Your children will watch your actions and reactions to certain situations and take their clues on how to feel from you.  Be careful.

When your child gets older and often by the time they are in kindergarten or first grade, they will come asking questions about what some kid at school told them.  In the big real world there are plenty of 5 and 6 year olds with teenage siblings and they may overhear more than desirable for their age level. 

Of course, they take this new information to school with them and share it with children like yours who may not know a thing about the birds and the bees.  When they ask, try to stay as close to the truth as possible without going into detail.  Be confident in your own answer and try not to turn 300 shades of pink and red from being embarrassed. 

This will set a foundation of trust and your child will realize from experience that they can talk to you about anything.  During the teenage years, this openness will go a long way and can possibly ensure your child feels comfortable talking to you about important issues.

Sexuality isn’t about the act of making love.  For kids, it is simply about the anatomical differences between boys and girls and gaining an understanding of why people are different.  Whether you use the Bible or another way to explain things to your child is completely personal preference. 

The key is that you are communicating.  When you talk to your children about sexuality and answer their questions you are being given a golden opportunity to infuse them with your values about sexuality.  The younger you do this, the more ingrained it will be.

-Thanks a lot for reading my article – Teaching Children Gratitude. Hope read and enjoy!

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Parents know what they have to teach children. Today, we will focus here brief information about teaching children gratitude. They teach them manners, and how to use the potty. They teach them how to eat at the table, how to get dressed in the morning, and eventually, how to tie...