The world can be a vicious place for young minds. As you culture your child at home to be a good person, there may be forces outside the sanctity of your home teaching them to be selfish, envious, and needy. No parent would want their child to grow up in to an arrogant, defiant, and possessive young adult who does not have even an ounce of humility in them. As parents, it is your duty to teach them to be thankful for the blessings they have and be humble. Follow these tips to achieve that.
Be the Role Model
Your children look up to you for every small detail of their lives. They listen, watch, and learn things from everything you say or do. Therefore, it is important for you to express your gratitude. Weave in thankful comments into your routine; something like, “We need to tell grandma, how much we appreciate her coming over while I and daddy were out of town.” Or, “Aren't we lucky to have fresh, clean clothes to wear every morning?” Although such expressions may seem insignificant, they may go a long way to help your child appreciate the little joys in life.
Give Your Child A Special Place
Design a small shelf or box that allows your child to keep their most valued possessions inside; involve them in the making. Make sure it isn't too big to fit all their belongings, make them choose the things that give them most joy. This will help your child remember to appreciate small things that add up to their contentment.
Instill Social Responsibility in Them
We as parents often focus our attention on raising kids to be responsible for themselves; but our job doesn't end there. We need to teach them to be socially responsible; the fact that the resources we use need to be shared. Teach them to share – perhaps participate in donation drives or give food bags to the homeless people you come across? Small acts of kindness go a long way to make kids realize there is happiness outside material belongings.
Be Grateful All Year Round
There are countless people who contribute to how your child is brought up. The entire family and the teachers providing them guidance alongside you; the people in the fire department, the policemen, and the soldiers providing security; the garbage collectors and cleaners ensuring your kids have cleaner surroundings to grow up in. Engage in activities to help your child thank these people. You can bake and deliver cookies to the police, send in personalized thank-you notes to the soldiers, wave and thank the cleaners.