“What are you grateful for?” I asked my three-year-old one afternoon as we rode home in the car.
“What’s grateful for?” she asked me in return. She’s always practiced good manners and learned how to give thanks in prayer, but I don’t think I had ever asked her that questions specifically before.
So teaching gratitude to kids… Preschoolers even. How’s it done?
Lil’ J will talk my ear off non-stop about anything and everything on her mind. I decided it was time for a basic lesson in gratitude, in a simple and fun way that she’d understand, doing what she does best… Talking it out.
I cut up some strips of construction paper and wrote questions about gratitude. Questions like:
Who are you grateful for?
How can we show others we are thankful?
What dessert are you most thankful for?
Why is it nice to show our gratitude?
And so on. I put them in a mason jar and we played a little “game” asking each other the questions.I’ve continued to spend a little time having these types of discussions throughout the day so she can begin to learn what these words mean, and maybe… Learn ways to be more gracious.
We took turns asking each other questions, and her responses were so adorable I decided we should save some of her answers.
There are a gazillion awesome gratitude crafts out there but she can’t write just yet, and I wanted to get her answers in her own voice… Literally. So after dinner, before stories and by her bedside lamp, I recorded her. This may be something I do every year with my kids to see how their responses vary over time.
She’s adorable, no?
And because I know someone will ask, no, I did not make her dress. I bought it from Adelaide’s Boutique. Yes, I’m thankful for them too.
Have you spoken to your kids about gratitude?