Tuesday, September 25, 2012

30 Blogs for Helping to Teach Kids to-Be Thankful

One of the most important lessons that a parent can instill in a child is a sense of gratitude and an appreciation for their relative good fortune when measured against the far less prosperous citizens that make up much of the world. It’s long been said that it takes a village to raise a child, and today’s global village created by bloggers around the world is no exception. Full of advice, hints, and tips for helping a child recognize and be grateful for the many blessings in their lives, these 30 blog entries can be very effective tools for parents faced with such a responsibility.

Preventing a Sense of Entitlement

Despite economic struggles since the collapse of the housing market, America’s children are still among the most affluent in the world. Because today’s child is bombarded with marketing schemes directed solely at them and intended to prey upon burgeoning commercialism, it can be difficult for parents to avoid their children fostering a sense of entitlement. When advertisers send the message that every child deserves the newest piece of technology or stylish toy, these five blog posts offer advice for helping to battle such impulses.

Teaching Money Management

One of the most effective ways to help children understand the value of their belongings is to teach them the value of a dollar, and exactly how many of those hard-earned dollars it takes to make a large purchase. These five bloggers take on the challenge of teaching children money management and financial planning skills, which can help them learn to be appreciative of the work it takes to acquire material goods.

Instilling a Sense of Gratitude

For kids to truly be thankful for their blessings they must first understand the concept of gratitude. By learning what it means to be grateful, kids are better able to apply those lessons and get the most out of them. These five entries center around the concept of thankfulness, and helping kids grasp it.

Reversing Existing Problem Behavior

Despite parents’ best efforts, sometimes children still fall into the trap of ungrateful attitudes and demanding behavior. Though correcting these habits can be a bit of a challenge, the authors of these five blog entries offer their suggestions and hints for reversing a trend of ingratitude.

Volunteering Opportunities

When children interact personally with those that are less fortunate than themselves, it can become easier for them to put their own good fortune into perspective. Working alongside a parent or caregiver in a volunteer capacity is often an effective way of helping kids learn to be thankful for what they have, as well as becoming actively participating members of their community.

Thanksgiving Activities

If your family celebrates Thanksgiving, a holiday based around the idea of being thankful, there is a veritable goldmine of activity opportunities that you can take advantage of. In the interest of helping your children become more thankful year-round, here are five Thanksgiving-centric activity ideas from the blogosphere.

Taken From Become a Nanny

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