How to teach kids to be grateful and happy

Rona Renner, Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on how to teach kids to be grateful and how gratefulness leads to happiness in kids
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How to teach kids to be grateful and happy

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When we think about happiness we think about what is it that makes us happy and how can we raise happy children? Well, one thing is to consider gratitude. What am I grateful for and how do I express that? Because, for instance, if you’ve just cooked a lovely meal and your children, or your partner, or husband says, “Wow, that was good,” you feel good and it makes you happy. So think about how you’re teaching your children about gratitude. One way is every night at dinner time go around the table and say one thing that you’re grateful for – it’s practicing gratitude. Sometimes we need to practice things, like a skill, that may not come automatically. For some families, they have a little jar and they write down things they’re grateful for and then at the end of the week they read them. Let your children hear you being grateful and also teach them how to be grateful. And do things in the world that also bring out your generosity, so other people can be grateful to you as well. It’s a way to enjoy life and increase your happiness.

Rona Renner, Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on how to teach kids to be grateful and how gratefulness leads to happiness in kids

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Rona Renner, RN

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Rona Renner has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years with a wide range of experience in health care. In the last 20 years she has focused her attention on pediatrics, parent education and advocacy, ADHD and learning differences. In 1992, she was trained by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a temperament counselor to help parents understand their child's behavior, and she co-wrote the temperament based parenting class manual. In 2002, she founded Childhood Matters, a non-profit organization producing radio shows in English and Spanish. "Nurse Rona" hosted a weekly call-in radio show for over nine years, and has appeared on many television shows, including CNN and 20/20. Rona is the author of Is That Me Yelling, a book aimed to help parents learn how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament, and their ownShe loves working with parents one-on-one, in groups, or in large workshops. Rona is happily married, has four adult children, and two grandsons.

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