One of the kindest compliments that another adult could give me is that our children are thankful for what they have been given and are gracious towards others. However those traits were acquired, they say alot about you as a person. We can only do our best as parents to raise thankful, gracious children with strong character.
Here are 5 tips on ways to raise gracious children:
Love – The more that we can shower our children with love and attention and generate fun memories with them, the more likely they are to be confident and happy. I believe that children who know and feel that they are loved will show love in return to others.
Lead by Example – Children are always watching, listening and learning from us. They see the way we treat others and hopefully will we are leading the way for them to treat others respectfully just as we do.
Hard Work – Instill in children that most of what is given to them was earned through hard work. Most things cost money and at least one if not both parents work to fulfill their family’s needs and desires. As children see the effort their parents put in to afford them the life they have, hopefully, they will be more gracious towards others who may have more or less than they do.
Choose to Be Kind – Our general attitude affects those around us. As we choose to be courteous and treat others as equals, we are extending grace and positivity.
Volunteer – Doing charitable work and volunteering at charities is not only great for family bonding but also for showing us the impact we can make on the lives of those less fortunate. Helping others offers exposes us to new life experiences and allows us to grow in character.
There is so much to learn as we grow and if we have some guidance along the way, we have a pretty good chance of doing things right and being the best we can by. Believe me, there are things as an adult I wish I had handled differently and I can only hope that I learned from that experience. If our children know that we don’t expect them to be perfect but that we want them to try their best to be kind and gracious to others then we are headed in the right direction.
AMO is a proud writer for North Fulton Family Life publications. This article can be found in the November 2018 issue. All opinions are my own.