7 Tips for Teaching Children Gratitude

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Flip a Complaint

The next time your little one whines about something, listen to her feelings and then challenge her to flip the complaint upside-down to come up with a gratitude statement instead. For instance, if your child complains that her playmate has better Barbies, have her find a toy that she's grateful for instead. If she whines about going to class, help her see how lucky she is to go to school by teaching her about the children around the globe who would jump at the opportunity, like 16-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai. Framing the experience in a new light will help your child develop a new way of seeing things.