As a mom, one of my objectives is to raise thankful children. I don’t want them to take for granted how fortunate we are. So far, so good, but it does take a lot of work. Just like everything else in parenting, I guess.
I see so many kids that live in a bubble, not knowing that there are so many people lacking even the basics. It’s not about making my children feel guilty for what we have, but to have them appreciate it. I don’t want them to feel entitled to anything, but rather learn that you need to work hard for what you want, that you need to be respectful and appreciate the small things.
For us, traveling as a family has been extremely useful, because it has shown our kids how people live in different areas of the world. It not only expands their horizons, but it shows them how varied the quality of life is, not only in the US but in other countries. It has made them want to help others and that to me, is a proud parenting moment.
If for you raising children who are generous and thankful is important, too, make sure to check out my post on Babble, 5 ways to raise a thankful child.
Make sure to share your own tips, because as a parent, I never stop learning from other moms and dads. And may we all make sure to show our gratitude during Thanksgiving and the holidays by helping others.