No One Is Born Grateful

Many of us have had the good fortune, opportunity, and/or drive to provide for our children even better than what we had as children.  As parents we can feel disappointed when a child falls short of showing what is deemed “appropriate gratitude.”  From an expensive scientific toy received as a gift to running all over town for exotic pet food or driving to another county for an afternoon of soccer, children forget to recognize the sacrifice others make for them.  Teaching children true gratitude, not just tossing out a quick, “Hey, thanks” is tricky, though.  Our efforts can do more than just make grandmas happy by receiving a thank-you card. “A 2003 study at the University of California at Davis showed that grateful people report higher levels of happiness and optimism — along with lower levels of depression and stress.”*

The article cited below has some great ideas on what we can do at home to create the kind of change we want to see in our children, especially in the holiday season that will be here before we know it.



Jordan Sicht has been with Academy of Early Childhood Learning since 2000.

He and his wife, Sarah, have two boys, 10 and 7.