Thanksgiving is a time to model a true heart of giving. When parents are kind, generous and appreciate people, children notice and will follow the behavior.
Children are excellent observers and recognize authenticity. They pick up when someone is masking behavior.
Five Ways To Cultivate a Thankful a Heart in your Children:
1. Count your blessings
2. Memorize Bible verses about thankfulness ~ There are obviously plenty of verses to choose from, but here are a few that might be easier for children to memorize:
Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.
1 Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His loving kindness is everlasting.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.
3. Give to others
4. Praise and prayer ~ Part of teaching thankfulness includes teaching our kids how to pray. I’ve worked on giving guidelines and suggestions to my girls, but I emphasize that prayer is meant to be a personal conversation so they don’t feel that there is a “cookie cutter” prayer. We try to remember to start each prayer with a word of thanks and praise. We also end each prayer that way. This keeps gratitude at the front of our minds, rather than just a laundry list of needs.
5. Be a good example ~ Okay, I will admit here that I struggle with this sometimes. I catch myself starting to complain about a bad day or too much work to do or another mess to clean up. I have to remember that my daughters are listening (even when I think they aren’t!) and will pick up my attitude. If I want them to have a thankful heart, I must have one myself! Complaining and thankfulness really can’t co-exist. Resourse: Home School Post
Giving education regarding compassion begins at a very early age. Equally important is teaching children gratitude for what they possess and this needs to be reinforced through the years
Children innately know if their parents truly love each other. Parents who pretend in front of children are deceiving themselves.
Young children through young adults are aware of true love between parents. They are also recognize a kind and loving heart.
Emphasizing respect builds character. Please and thank you need to be modeled and part of training from the toddler years and beyond.
Train up a child in the way they should go and, when they are old, they shall not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 (The Bible)
This thanksgiving celebrate truly being thankful for what you have, and for those God has put in your life; some to bless others to challenge.
Be truly grateful with a heart of compassion.