Shaping the Future of our Children
An amazing opportunity stands before us to help shape the lives of our children as they grow into adults of the future. The Bible teaches us to be Thankful in all circumstances (1 Thes 5:18). The Bible also instructs us to bring up our children in the way they should go and when they are older they will not depart from that way (Prov 22:6). These instructions are good to consider, but how do we teach our children and ourselves to be thankful – to show gratitude to others?
Gratitude is vitally important to one’s happiness. However, it is very easy to get caught up in our daily lives, and the woes that go with it, and forget to be grateful for what we have. If it is hard for adults to remember to be grateful for what they have, then it should come as no surprise that kids often end up acting infuriatingly entitled.
So how do we go about teaching kids gratitude?
First and foremost, they need to see their parents and the adults around them modelling an attitude of gratitude. We all need to work on that!
Secondly, we can talk to them about it, but experience has shown that kids always learn better by DOING. They need to DO something and get messy, or active, or artistic, or silly, in order to have something really sink in. Also, many things need to be done a number of times to become a good habit or attitude.
To this end we provide Free School Resources to download and use.