Teaching Gratitude at Christmas

Thank You MessageThere’s an item that needs to be in every family member’s stocking this year. It’s rare that we would say “need,” but this is definitely a need.

Part of parenting needs to include teaching the lesson of gratitude.  Gratitude begins by saying “Thank You.”

Purchase a box of Thank You notes for each member of the family and place it in their stockings.  Find a way to track each gift when opened.  Each family member can have their own pad or one family member (in our house it was Mom) can sit with a pad and keep track for everyone.  Set aside a night before New Years to sit down as a family writing notes and drinking hot chocolate.

Taking the time to write a Thank You note is not only the right thing to do, it’s also a training thing to do.  Nothing teaches gratitude like learning to say “Thank You.”