Thank You: Talking to Kids about Gratitude & Appreciation

What does it really mean to be thankful and appreciate all the good things in your life? Please and Thank You are two of the first words of manners children are taught. As they grow older and delve more into the gray areas of emotions, reminders about gratitude and appreciation are more important than ever. Gratitude helps us feel happier in our lives and with the people in our lives. November and the upcoming holidays are great opportunities to start the discussion about gratitude and thankfulness.

You can start the conversation just by asking a few simple questions. Pair any of these questions with one of the books below and explore together with your child what gratitude, appreciation and thankfulness means to you and your family.

  • Did you say Thank You to someone today? What did they do for you?
  • What are you thankful for in your life?
  • What about today has been better than yesterday?
  • Did you have a chance to do something nice for someone today? What did you do? What could you do next time?
  • If you didn't get what you wanted today, how did that make you feel?

Simple Reminders: Everyone Has Bad Days

Just when you think your day can't get any worse, try one of these books to put things in perspective. These humorous stories are the perfect antidote for a bad day.

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?It Could Always Be WorseSausages

Simple Reminders: Saying Thank You

How many different ways can you say Thank You to the people who take care of you? These sweet stories can give you plenty ideas to try out with friends, family and neighbors.

The Thank You BookThe Thank You BookTen Thank You LettersMy Heart Fills with Happiness

Simple Reminders: Thinking of Others

A simple way of showing gratitude and appreciation is by helping others in need. Simple acts of kindness can spread happiness in the most unexpected ways.

Be KindIf You Plant a SeedI Walk With Vanessa

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