With the holiday season approaching, families tend to spend time talking about what they are thankful for. Talking about thankfulness is beneficial to children for it teaches them a lesson that will last a lifetime! Young children learn through watching, so demonstrate thankfulness this holiday season with the following tips:
- Teach them about what is truly important
- Every child has something they want- whether that is toys, treats or more TV time! It is essential to show children that material items are not the most important things in life, but also the time that is spent with family and friends.
- Encourage kindness and helpfulness
- Young children love to help out and the holiday season is a great time to show them what they can do to help family, friends, and people in the community. Donate some old clothes or gather food for a canned food drive.
- Put things in perspective
- Make sure to include your little one and talk to them about the needs of others. Talking to them about how some people do not have everything they need might inspire them to give as well.
- You can not always get what you want
- Saying “no” from time to time is beneficial for many reasons- primarily it teaches children to be thankful for what they do have and to not take things for granted.
At Crème de la Crème we help our students develop skills like empathy and sympathy, which in turn, helps teach thankfulness. Through our Character Education program, we help students understand the importance of generosity and kindness, creating a lasting impact on our students.