An Attitude of Gratitude

Right now, your child might be feeling frustrated that he or she can’t go to school, visit their friends, or play at the park. At this age, children may not understand that they don’t get everything they ask for. It’s a hard concept for a preschooler to understand that we don’t always get what we want. This week, talk with your child about being thankful for what you and your child have. This will build the foundation of gratefulness.

Age-appropriate Adaptations:

  • Two-year-olds—Consider starting this conversation at dinner or bedtime. Model this trait for your child by sharing what you are thankful for, such as extra family time and walks around the neighborhood. For children who are visual or kinesthetic learners, find ways to tangibly hold what you’re thankful for (i.e., look at pictures of family members, hold a favorite storytime book or family board game, etc.).
  • Three-year-olds—Children sometimes think of being thankful for concrete items like toys. Teach your child not to just be thankful for things, but also for the people who make a difference in your lives. If your child needs help, prompt him to think of the special people that are meaningful to him, such as his family and friends from school. Schedule a time to call or video conference missed loved ones to help your child feel more connected to them during this time of social distancing.
  • Four-/Five-year-olds—Encourage your child to draw a picture or write a list (with your help) of all the people and things for which she is thankful. Display her creation in a visible place in your home as a reminder.

Skills Supported: thankfulness, fine motor skills (drawing/writing)