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How to Raise a Grateful Kid

Read an article by Jennifer Kelly Geddes from Fisher Price, our newest brand!

There’s no prouder moment than when you catch your kiddo answering a question politely or expressing sincere thanks. But the flip side can make you cringe—when you overhear, say, a flat “I have this toy already.”

No matter what this season’s gifts look like, here are six ways to teach your kid not only to accept them with grace, but to mean it. 

Practice the words
Model the behavior you want to see and hear by demonstrating it yourself. Whether you receive an actual present or the gift of help, discuss the gift with the appropriate language...

Write it down
Sending thank-you notes is indeed a lost art, but it’s one easily revived at your house. Let toddlers and preschoolers draw pictures to say thanks or you can take dictation for them... Have him explain what he likes about the gift exactly (for example, it’s blue—which is a favorite color). 

Point out examples
Do you see someone carrying groceries to the car for another person? Or a neighbor picking up trash on your block? Highlight these actions for your child and emphasize how important it is for the whole community when we help others...

Think of others 
Adrienne Jones, the mom of two daughters on Long Island, NY, has her girls go through their toys regularly to donate those they don’t play with or have outgrown. “This way, they’ll enjoy anything new that comes along,” she explains. 

Discuss the terms 
Talk with your child about the differences in the words ‘needs, must-haves, and wants,’ suggests Molly Wimbiscus, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s...

Volunteer as a family 
You can talk up gratitude until you’re blue in the face, but actions speak louder than words. And doing it as a family makes more of an impact. Raking leaves for a neighbor, feeding a stray cat, or donating a portion of allowance to a local charity helps your child see that he can affect others...


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