How do you teach your children to be grateful?

I struggle with that. We are not rich and don't have everything, but my kids have more than enough.. and they are awesome, but still find a way to make sure I know they want more...

I look for every day opportunities to show them ways to be grateful.. From a homeless person on the side of the road to a kid that's still at school by themselves into the evening.. To picking up on if one of their friends says, they wish THEIR mom played with them more often or even that they wish THEY had a pool...

I try every day... but they are kids.. and we don't live in a cardboard box (Thank you jesus)...

What are some ways that YOU show and teach your kids gratitude? Or to feel lucky and blessed with what they have??​

    8Theresa Gould
    I don't know if I have an answer for that because so much of a grateful spirit comes from being content with where we are and with what we have. Can children have a contented spirit? I think so but I also don't think it's going to happen overnight.

    I can say this now because I have teens and looking back when they were little they were not always content but as they grew older and lived a little more they seem to be more content. Not that they don't have their times because having daddy lose his job sucks for them as much as it does for my husband and I. But our girls make comments about not going overboard at Christmas and they like that we kept things simple and the focus on Jesus birth etc. That does my heart good because we've had family members almost imply our children don't have many toys - that came from cousins who had so many toys they couldn't walk into their bedroom or playroom. Our toys are stored in bins, usually. Our children feel like they have enough. And now that we have animals, I almost think the animals are more educational than toys, not that toys don't have their place, they do. That's material stuff though.

    I also think cultivating a grateful spirit comes from practicing it ourselves. Not just teaching/preaching it to them but honestly and openly sharing things that happen that we are grateful for. For example, if I get a paid opportunity, expressing my thanks to God or just saying out loud, "I am so thankful another paid post came through today, that's going to help us out a lot."

    We've done formal dinners at Thanksgiving where we go around the table and each of us has to name things (not material things necessarily), people, attributes of God we are thankful for. I think the key is to be consistent and not to give up showing them how to be thankful. Then how can they not become grateful people?
    About Jessica
    Born: Novato, California
    Current: Sherman Oaks, California
    Birth: May 28
    On since: Aug 5, 2013
    We live in Los Angeles, CA. I'm a writer, comedian, actor and single mom of two. Parenting is hard. I try to keep a sense of humor about it all and find the find the funny... in what is most likely NOT funny (i.e. boogers, meltdowns, homework, etc.).