Raising Royals: Cultivating a Heart of Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is then.

There is so much to be grateful for, but sometimes its hard to get our Royals to see the beauty in having a grateful heart.  Seems like everyday society pushes the need to have the latest, greatest and the NEWEST!  I’ll be the first to admit that wanting to give my son the “best” had me in line to give him EVERYTHING I didn’t when I was his age.  I quickly saw this was cultivating the wrong attitude in him and I had to figure out a way to bring him back to a contentment and gratefulness that would eventually root as a lifelong characteristic.  This is now

I believe saying “thank you” is different from being grateful.  So, in my effort to share the importance of gratitude with my own Royal, here are 3 things I did to cultivate a grateful heart.  Try it with your Royal One:

Cultivating A Grateful Heart

1. Ask WHY:  It was one thing for my son to say “Thank You” when I gave him something, but turning around to ask him why, then asking him to tell me what he was actually thankful for, made him stop and consider the situation.  It also helped me to engage him to communicate his thoughts and feelings about the matter.  He was very responsive and when we talked more, I realized he was enlightened at his own perception of thankfulness. I could literally see the lightbulb over is head! Lol! ausing him to ponder it all, stirred the growth of gratitude.

2. Random CelebrationsThis was fun! We would celebrate RANDOM acts of kindness. We created “grateful-days” like holidays to celebrate the simple things we were grateful for.  The acts of kindness we saw and experienced by one another and to others. Even the oldest Royals can appreciate appreciation.  I’m a firm believer in positive reenforcement! You’ll be surprised how celebrating an act of gratefulness instills a lasting memory they’ll desire to pass-on and repeat. New traditions are the BEST!

3. The COMPARISON: The one thing I didn’t do was compare my son’s attitude of gratitude to someone else’s.  I simply boosted the confidence of his own gratefulness by introducing him to all he could be grateful for.  I believe comparison robs us of the eccentric authenticity we are as individuals! We are all waaay too awesome to be compared to one another in any likeness…and I would have done my son a real disservice if I compared his level of gratitude to someone else’s.  Since every Royal is different, some may need a little more enlightening than others.  If you’re a Momma with more than one…take in consideration their differences and likeness, then encourage them where they individually are located.

What are some ways you were able to cultivate a grateful heart in your Royal?  Share your ideas and stories with us! Email us at thelaurelleafgroup@gmail.com.

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