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Exploring gratitude is all about being thankful for the things you have in life and showing true appreciation for it. With the world being so fast paced, it is difficult to sit back and take a breather, forget to explore gratitude. However, it is important for the mind to focus less on the movement of where you’re going and what you’re reaching for, and looking back at what is supporting you and what you have already attained. This skill should be implemented whilst young. It creates a positive mindset and will allow them to feel happier. Here is some advice from a pre-prep school in North London on how to explore gratitude with your child.
Allow it to become a common topic in the household. Familiarity helps children to pick things up very quickly so create a time where you openly discuss things you’re grateful for. An easy way can be at dinner time which is at the end of the day. The family can take turns talking about the good parts of their day. Making this a habit will encourage your child to look out for more positives throughout the day to talk about with the family.
Refrain from complaining in front of your child. This will give them an image of how to react to daily occurrences and will instil a negative attitude in your child. Instead, show love and gratitude to both your child as well as anyone around them. Be vocal when you’re appreciative of something your child does to try and build a natural response in them.
Encourage your child to show appreciation in their own way. Picking a flower for their teacher for helping them or deciding to give the gardener a cupcake for their hard work are small ways to show appreciation physically. It’ll create a response that will show your child what showing gratitude really feels like.
Allow your child to take part in household chores to understand the efforts that parents go through to get everyday activities done. They’ll be sure to thank you consistently after that!