Teaching them to express gratitude
Thanksgiving dinner presents a perfect opportunity to teach children a simple lesson about gratitude, a lesson that can start with parents expressing appreciation to each other, even for the smallest things. It is easy to take each other for granted in our busy lives and talk about our frustrations and concerns in front of our children. This year in particular, parents have made a lot of sacrifices and have done nice things for each other daily; it is important for children to hear about it. At home, parents can model how to express gratitude just by simply saying thank you to each other. Children will learn to say thank you too. Living with an attitude of gratitude will help them be happier and build healthier relationships. Thanksgiving is a perfect day to start doing just that.