It is common knowledge that life is never fair. That being said, when you become a parent, you carry the responsibility of having to teach your child how they can go about appreciating not just the big things but also the little things their life throws at them. Most parents make sure to teach their children how they can be grateful with all the big and small things that happen in their lives. Instilling gratitude in your child can be made possible by taking small steps and embracing small principles.

The concept of gratitude is all about appreciating all the things that happen in your life and are given to you and making sure to acknowledge these gifts no matter how small or big they are. Based on research studies, if gratitude is instilled when a person is still young, they have more chances of living happier lives as they grow old. This happiness can be seen at home, at school, and in relationships that the children will be building with other people such as with you as their parent, their siblings, their friends, and their classmates.

By teaching your child to be grateful at an early age, you can expect this positive trait to be present until they grow old. If small children are not taught to be grateful at a young age, they will have a hard time grasping this particular concept as they grow old. Here is a guide on how you can instill gratitude among your children.

• Teach by action
The simplest way for you to teach your child how to be grateful is to be grateful in both things big or small yourself. Children at an early age are able to build their behaviors based on how the grownup around them are behaving. This could be you as their parent, their relatives, their teachers, or any adult for that matter that your child interacts with regularly. Always practice what you preach. You should not just teach your child how they should behave by words but by actions.

• Spread love
Another way to teach your child how they can be grateful and be loving is to show them how they should care for others that you have to do yourself. Even if you only have a little with you and you still share them with other people, you are teaching your child and showing them how they should be considerate with another person’s feelings and not just their own. Encourage your child to share what they have with their friends or the less fortunate. Rather than thinking about what your child may want for Christmas, try to encourage them to think about what gifts they would like to give to other people whom they love.

• Let them work for something they want
As a parent, it is crucial that you teach your child that things do not just magically appear to them if they want to. You can instill this in your child by encouraging them to earn their rewards. You can start by only providing them allowance once they are done doing their chores, the simple ones. Make sure to teach them to save up in cases where they want to buy something. Only after they have collected the amount of money that what they want costs will you allow them to buy what they want. This lets them appreciate money more and its value.