7 Tips for Teaching Children Gratitude

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Define 'Need' and 'Want'

When your kid gets a case of the gimmes, it's probably because she's forgetting the differences between a need and want. It's the ideal time to start a conversation on the things you're required to provide her and the things that are fun little extras. Try this exercise together: Create a posterboard with two sections, labeled "Wants" and "Needs." Then, page through a magazine together and cut out objects, gluing them to the correct side of the board. It's a quick way to remind your child—and yourself—which things you shouldn't take for granted.