1. Be an example of gratefulness in daily life. Simply say ‘thank you’ for the things that you are happy to receive; from passing the salt shaker to a quick hug as you pass in the hall way; model a pleasant ‘thank you’.
2.Discuss with your children what they are thankful for. This can be a simple conversation in the car, during a meal, or before you go to bed. Just ask, “What are you thankful for today?”
3. In our economy today, times are difficult. Material things and activities may not be available. Help your children focus on the blessings that are sometimes taken for granted: a warm home, love and compassion for one another, friends, and family.
4. I encourage you to appreciate the little things in life such as a walk in the park, playing in leaves, a piece of pumpkin pie, a beautiful sunny day, a hug, snuggling with your child as you read a favorite book…the list can go on forever! Don’t let simple, special moments quickly slip away. Drink them in and savor them. Say to your loved ones,”I am so thankful for you!”
5. A children’s book that teaches preschoolers about thankfulness is “Biscuit is Thankful” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. It is a simple and sweet story that can help teach very young children to understand what it means to be thankful.