Teaching How To Show Appreciation
It's critical to teach your children how to politely handle situations involving gifts. It can be helpful to sit down with your kids ahead of time and discuss the importance of showing their thankfulness. Discussing and practicing what to say under various situations can help prepare your kids to act graciously.
What might you tell your kids to do in the situation where they receive a gift they really aren't excited about? If the gift giver is right there, it might be a simple thank you with a hug. Your child can always thank the person for their thoughtfulness in giving the gift.
What if your kids forget to say thank you? It is helpful to agree on a gentle reminder signal ahead of time. For example, you might lightly touch your child on the ear as a reminder.
Avoid expressing appreciation for something your children have received for them instead of guiding them to saying thank you. When parents show appreciation instead of kids, children do not learn that it is their responsibility to say thank you for things they've received. Children who do not learn to show these basic courtesies are often disrespectful in a number of other ways.
Birthdays and holidays provide many opportunities for children to practice expressing their appreciation. Be sure to give your children the gift of learning to express their gratitude!