Parent Survival Guide: Teaching kids gratitude and thankfulness

Updated: Nov. 23, 2020 at 1:41 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - As we navigate the upcoming holidays and living through unique times, psychotherapist and founder of Therapy in Color Ashley Bryant says it’s more important now more than ever to focus on gratitude.

”I think sometimes when we experience hardships we think, ‘Ok I have so much to be thankful for,’ but you can also acknowledge the fact that you’re suffering and give gratitude at the same time,” Bryant said.

Bryant says giving thanks can be simple as writing down and journaling the things you and your family are grateful. She says or by sending someone an unexpected thank you card just because.

”It always makes people feel good to know they are appreciated and you get a sense that you feel good letting others know you feel good too. Think about three things you are grateful for even if the day is chaotic and stressful,” Bryant said.

She says you can also take your giving a step further and volunteer your time to help an organization or pay it forward to someone at the store, coffee shop or anywhere.

For Bryant she says a simple thank you to those around you can make a world of difference.

”You start your day with being very intentional about our thank yous, it could be thank you for letting the dog out or thank you for making the bed,” Bryant said. “Especially during the pandemic times, to step back and say despite everything that is going on in 2020 here are some things I’m thankful for.”

An easy exercise of giving thanks she says as we celebrate the upcoming holiday is to have your family share what they appreciate about each person.

She says finding traits and reasons to be thankful for one another and showing gratitude is good for both your families mental and physical health.

Bryant says its effects can last well beyond Thanksgiving.

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