Teaching Gratitude To Children Part 1

The word “appreciation” means really seeing something for what it is- an awareness of how special, how lucky, how unique, how blessed, how big, wonderful or awesome something is. Appreciation is a recognition not based on comparison, but based on the intrinsic value, character or immensity of a thing or state itself.

Some people are born “appreciators”. These people see the world at its essence:

  • the beauty of a sunset
  • the fragile green of a leaf
  • the boundless energy of a small child

Others must be helped to learn to see the beauty and wonder in the world.

Teaching children the value of appreciation is so important and can never begin too early in their lives. Below are tips and suggestions for instilling a deep sense of gratitude in the children in your life including:

  • Your own children
  • Grandchildren
  • Nieces/nephews
  • Friends
  • Students

Nature Is a Major Doorway to Appreciation. 

The unarguable beauty and power encountered in natural places inspires a young child’s appreciation. The song of a bird, wind rustling the grass, a butterfly, all are beautiful & awe-inspiring… They will see your obvious pleasure and join you in your appreciation. Let your child experience the wonders of nature through their senses then discuss what they appreciated.

Stay tuned for Part 2, when we discuss the affection and compliment aspects of teaching children gratitude.


May your day be filled with gratitude and good things!