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Nurturing Gratitude (


By Sarah S. MacLaughlin and Rebecca Parlakian, ZERO TO THREE, November 18, 2020

Many parents worry about children being ungrateful. Here's what you can do.

When a child demands a toy or refuses to cooperate, it can feel frustrating—like they just don’t understand how lucky they are.

Children’s demands might hit especially hard when we’re working long hours to make ends meet or just trying to get dinner on the table. We’re also reminded of how much need there is among families in our own communities and around the world. While young children can’t yet see the world from somebody else’s perspective, we can begin to build a sense of gratitude starting in the toddler years.

Please click HERE to access ideas on how to model gratitude and create family traditions that focus on values of thankfulness and generosity.

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