7 Tips for Teaching Children Gratitude

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Model Appreciative Behavior

Teaching children gratitude will only work if you say thanks yourself. Children learn what they see, so if you're snippy with the store cashier or never tell your partner "thank you" after washing the dishes, your little one could learn that saying thanks isn't much of a priority for you—or her. "Kids learn through imitation. You model the behavior you want," notes parenting expert Jen Hancock. "This is just how polite interactions occur." This means making sure that you always say thank you, whether you're at the store or at home.