15 January 2018

5 ways to show gratitude to children

We try not to spoil the girls throughout the year, and are mindful of how much stuff they have, so when it is Christmastime or their birthdays they get a few extra nice presents. But lately all my Hubby and I seem to hear is "I want, I want, I want" from both the girls, even though we've just had Christmas and Popette's birthday.

I remember a few years ago, I was picking Popette up from school, it was a really hot day, and Popette chirped "Lets get an ice block." 

When I said "No, I don't think I have any money for ice blocks today." She demanded one, then said "That's okay Mum you can get money out at the petrol station and buy us one."

I then went on to tell her that she was very rude to me that morning (there was a major tantrum resulting in a scream-a-thon and her hitting me), so I  reminded her that only good girls who are well behaved will get an ice block.

A good reminder!

I'm finding Popette has become more and more demanding, thinking she can get whatever she wants when she wants, I'm sure it's just an age thing!

Cherub is still trying to understand that you don't get everything you want, and not all boys & girls have as much stuff as her or live in a lovely home with a fridge full of food.  The recent "Save the Children" ads that have been playing on TV have affected her, especially when she sees the little boy who is close to her age, who is sick and frail, and weighs about the same as a 1 year old.

Talking about being grateful to the girls doesn't always sink in, so every now and then (usually before Christmas) we get them to go through their toys and donate items they no longer love or play with to kids who are less fortunate.

Hubby & I want them to be grateful for the things they own and receive, especially when someone has taken the time to buy them a gift they think they will like.

Here is my "5 ways to show gratitude to children" 

* Help prepare meals - Grateful for the food on our table

* Help put toys away - Grateful for my toys

* Tidy up my art & craft - Grateful I can draw, paint and create when I want

* Help fold clothes & put them away - Grateful for the clothes I wear and to have them nice & clean.

* Be nice to your family - Grateful to have a family who loves me!

A while back I created this poster with 5 explanations on how children can become more grateful, it can be hung up on the wall or fridge, and act as a little reminder. If you'd like a copy, you can find it here. :)

Do you practice gratitude at home? How do you get your children to understand gratitude?


  1. Good work Mummy x

  2. We do our best to practice gratitude in all areas of our lives, and I know my siblings have been doing what they can to how their kids how it's done. I'll make sure I show them this post. Thanks for sharing.

  3. What a lovely post and you are so right! Despite what we think we do fairly as parents/grandparents when kids are growing up they seem to add on more and more to their list of "I wants". This chart is one teachers could use in their classrooms too I think. Great work and I hope it continues to help in your family too. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 3/52. The optional prompt next week is "What Is Kindness"


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