7 Tips for Teaching Children Gratitude

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Refuse to Respond

If your child is already suffering from a serious case of the gimmes, it's time to toughen up. Kids who want something might make demands instead of asking politely. The good news? Just because you're being ordered around doesn't mean you have to obey. When your child demands the latest "it" toy, simply refuse to respond until she asks nicely. It's one of the oldest tricks in the book, and it helps your child learn that she'll get a better response with "Please" and "Thank you" instead of "I want this now!"