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Appreciation is a very important quality for children to learn. So many kids today (mine included) do not appreciate what they have.
Here are a few ideas and activities that may help to teach this important manner to children. And these activities may even be a fun bonding experience for you and your child.
Use this tree for your children to add a leaf each week with one thing they are thankful for. It will get them thinking of all the things in their life that they appreciate.
Donate to Those Less Fortunate
Take your child on a shopping trip specifically to buy canned goods and items for less fortunate people. Bring them along as you take the items to a local food pantry or shelter.
This is a great time to talk about appreciation of all the things you and your child do have. Even the little things that others would desperately love to have, but might never see. And that even food is scarce to some people.
Make Cards for Sick Children
Along the same lines as the previous activity, making cards for sick children can open up a conversation with your child and an opportunity to learn appreciation for their good health and life.
Sit down with your child and help them create a stack of cards or colorful pictures for kids who are terminally or chronically ill. Talk to your child about some of the illnesses that these children might be facing and that life and health are things to appreciate and take care of.
Also, let them know how happy the children will be to receive a card or picture from them.
Kids learn by mimicking. We’ve all discovered this the first time a young one repeats a not so nice word that slipped from our mouths. Or we see it in the gestures or body language they mirror from us.
Knowing this can easily turn their need to parrot us into a teaching tool. If they see us thanking the mailman, their teachers, librarians, or others, we can hope this will be learned and become a part of who they are.
Do you have any other ideas or activities you could share with your child to teach appreciation for all they have?
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