As we head into the holiday season, here at Akeba Academy we are focusing on teaching our children gratitude. By learning gratitude, they become sensitive to the feelings of others, developing empathy and other life skills along the way. Not only can they learn to be thankful at school but they can also practice at home with you and your family.
Instilling grateful feelings now will benefit your child later in life. By age 2 or 3, children can talk about being thankful for specific objects, pets, and people. They may mention how they love a new toy and give you hugs and kisses. That’s your child’s way of showing that they are thankful.
3 really great ways to help your child learn gratitude
Be a role model: Children model their parents in every way so make sure you use “please” and “thank you” when you talk to them or talk to others around them.
Talk about the best parts of your day: Find some time each day to talk about what you are thankful for– perhaps at the dinner table, before bed, or while you are driving in the car. Ask them how their day was and what were some of the good things that happened during their day.
Find a goodwill project. That doesn’t mean you need to drag your toddler off to a soup kitchen every week. Instead, figure out some way he or she can participate in helping someone else, even if it’s as simple as making cupcakes for a sick neighbor.
Here at Akeba Academy we teach our children every day to be kind to one another, share their belongings and be thankful for what they have. We are thankful for our Akeba Academy family and would love for you all to be apart of it. Give us call today at 912-289-2725.