Teaching Kids to Cultivate Gratitude

By Sarah Humphrey

“Is the glass half empty or half full?”

This smart, previous expression teaches us extra each day classes in eight phrases than most full size tv exhibits.  It’s a reminder to assume positively, give thanks, and search for what is sweet.

I not too long ago sat down with my three littles to do a each day devotion.  This summer time has been completely different for them, they usually’ve been fighting some disappointment.  The climate has been full of extra rain than solar, so our pool days have been a lot fewer than we sometimes expertise.  The neighborhood children that normally knock on our door from solar as much as solar down are doing an additional summer time program with the general public college due to the previous 12 months of COVID restrictions, so it additionally appears extraordinarily quiet for almost all of the day.  The phrase “I’m bored” has made its approach in and thru our 4 partitions extra occasions than I’d wish to admit, and it grew to become time for us to speak by means of what was happening.

I walked to the kitchen sink, crammed a glass to the center of the cup, and set it down on the desk.

“Is this glass half empty or half full?”

I bought each solutions, in addition to one response of “Is this a trick question?” 

It wasn’t a trick query, however I did need to make them assume! So usually in our lives, it’s straightforward to slip into the destructive facet of processing.  For adults and kids alike, we are able to take a look at all of the methods we aren’t fulfilled ultimately after which slide right into a slippery slope of criticism. As an grownup who’s with children on a regular basis, I usually must remind myself to maintain my very own glass greater than half full! But the extra we purposely select to have a look at the glass as half full as a substitute of half empty, is precisely after we begin to collect gratitude and new concepts for what is true in entrance of us.

A easy reminder can change our angle into gratitude! If you or the youngsters round you might be struggling to recollect to see life half full as a substitute of half empty, think about this straightforward exercise to coach your mind into a brand new mind-set.

  1. Find a favourite Bible verse that expresses your gratitude to God. We’re selecting Psalm 9:1 in our home: “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”
  2. Have every baby write this verse on a notecard, piece of paper, and even adorn it with paint on a small canvas.  Allow the youngsters to have time to see the Scripture “come to life” by means of artwork or handwriting. 
  3. Each night, set an empty glass subsequent to the Bible verse in your kitchen counter or desk.
  4. Each morning whenever you get up, learn the verse aloud and refill the water glass for a recent drink.  (This just isn’t solely an excellent metaphor, however it’s additionally an excellent, well being behavior!)
  5. Commit the day to gratitude, reward, and thanking God for all of the methods He’s crammed your cup. A easy morning prayer can change every thing!
  6. Do this day by day for one week, and see how new considering patterns develop for you and the youngsters round you. Feel free to proceed so long as wanted in an effort to foster the habits of gratitude, constructive considering, and prayer!

Sarah is a spouse and homeschool mother to a few children whereas additionally working as an artist, writer, and voice actor.  Her writing and doodling might be present in her devotional, “40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood” and her voice in a number of commercials, youngsters’s books, and audiobooks. She loves encouraging ladies and youngsters to embrace self-care, make the most of their items, and grow to be leaders in the neighborhood round them. 

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