Teaching children to be grateful

Robert Brooks, PhD Therapist & Author, shares advice for parents on how gratefulness is one of the most important skills for kids to develop and how to teach this to your kids
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Teaching children to be grateful

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I think helping children to learn to be grateful is one of the most important skills they can develop. It starts early. I think it's important for parents to say to kids, "thank you," and you say "please." These are just expected things and people will respond more effectively. I think it's very important for children to see us, as parents, to be grateful. We just don't lecture to kids about being grateful. They see us doing it. A very important thing is, I think by providing kids with opportunities to help those less fortunate, to really deliver food at a holiday time to elderly people, to deliver clothing; helps kids actually develop a sense of gratefulness. They know what it means not to have certain things. They see the gratefulness in other people. That helps them to be more empathic. It helps them understand that being thankful is a very important thing and we have to learn to express it. this is what really leads to much more effective relationships. It also helps people to be more resilient and hopeful.

Robert Brooks, PhD Therapist & Author, shares advice for parents on how gratefulness is one of the most important skills for kids to develop and how to teach this to your kids

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Robert Brooks, PhD

Therapist & Author

Dr. Robert Brooks is a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.  He has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about the themes of resilience, parenting, family relationships, school climate, and balancing our personal and professional lives. He is the author or co-author of 15 books and has also appeared in several videos pertaining to helping children to become more responsible, self-disciplined, hopeful, and resilient.

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