University of North Carolina Psychology Professor, Andrea Hussong, has conducted research on one of the most important questions that parents ask, “How can I raise a grateful child?”
Dr. Hussong reports that while there is considerable research about the powerfully positive effects of gratitude on adults, there is little exploration of how to inspire gratitude in our children. Thankfully, Dr. Hussong, has identified some effective strategies for parents that make a lot of sense. She identifies a few action steps that will help your child experience gratitude:
Find the approaches that feel right to you and your family but keep in mind that being forced to say thank you or write a note or pointing out how much more “fortunate” your child is than others will not create the authentic grateful approach to life that you wish for your child.
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