Here are some ideas to help you practise gratitude with your kids and start to feel the benefit within your family:
1.Pick a time of day that works for you. Bedtime may be good as kids tend to be more receptive when they have wound down. But this won’t work for everyone. You may find breakfast a good moment or on the commute to school. Start encouraging them to pick out the positives from their day and saying thank you for them.
2. Get them to be specific. General ones such as ‘my mum loves me’ are true and certainly something to be grateful for BUT picking out an example works way better, eg ‘I am grateful for the cuddle I get before I go into school’. And then you could talk about how this is an expression of love.
3. Make it into a game. There are some really special ideas on this blog: https://www.whatsupfagans.com/gratitude-activities/ I particularly love the gratitude scavenger hunt.
4.Get crafting. You could make a gratitude jar or journal. This does not have to be added to daily but having a way of recording moments which you can then look back and reflect on is pretty special.
5. Practise it together. If you also model gratitude it becomes something that is normal within your family and the little ones will begin to mimic. It is also great for the grown-ups to do too as we will then reap the benefits as well!