Teaching Children To Be Thankful

Teaching Children To Be Thankful

We need to teach our children the importance of gratefulness and thankfulness. Good manners can help them learn these things sooner than later, but it’s hard if we only reinforce what was said earlier in their lives when they were young enough for us (the adults) take care not make a habit of thanking someone simply because you’re supposed too or felt like doing so at that moment rather than thinking “thankful” before responding back whether it’s correct or not just as an example since most kids grow up hearing this response from parents/leaders all throughout childhood.

When children are very young, it’s easy to remind them to say, “Thank you.” But as kids grow up, we want to teach them to say more than a quick thanks; we want to help encourage a thankful heart.

4 Simple Ways to Help Your Child Have a Thankful Heart:


Model Gratitude

Titus 2:7-8In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorrupted, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.”

Modeling thanks to your kids will have them feeling grateful too. Model the words you want them to say “Thank You, Jesus” in a thankful manner–with sincerity and enthusiasm for all that he has done on their behalf throughout this past year or season of life! When going about daily tasks such as grocery shopping at home while saying grace before eating dinner together with family members who are also fasting from food during lent—share how blessed they’ve been by God’s provisions each day; He watches over us every moment so our faith can be strong enough when difficulty hits

Serve Those in Need

Ephesians 6:6-8  “Not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.”

Service is one way to cultivate a spirit of thankfulness and gratitude. Serve others by taking the opportunity when it arises, or make your family’s own service plans together as you may think up different ideas every time!

Serving in our communities not only benefits those who are served but also helps us grow grateful for what we have while remembering that there are always people worse off than ourselves at any given moment. You can collect canned goods for impoverished individuals living near where you live; offer meal-making services on occasion if someone needs food immediately after work because they don’t know their mom will be home late again tonight (or early tomorrow); raise money through donations which then flows back into local nonprofits doing good works across this country each year.


Share Your Gratitude in a Group

It’s not always easy to find the words, but this is something we should be thankful for. Taking a moment as family and sharing what each person in your life has given you – whether it was with laughter or love- can really help open up communication between everyone at dinner time! If prayer isn’t an option (even though our faith means everything), then maybe asking “What are YOU grateful?” would work just fine
I know that sounds like too much effort but sometimes we need more moments where we talked and communicated instead of just eating food together than anything else.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.

For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.”

Teaching our kids how to be grateful for friends and the people who love them is important, but thankfulness goes deeper than just those two words. We can encourage this by teaching our children what they are really thankful for in life – their toys or even an investment of gratitude from another person which will make it possible for someone else to take care of him/her.

Our children are not the only ones who will benefit from learning gratitude. Teaching our kids to be thankful for others and God has a much greater effect on their lives than just being thankful towards other people or things because it impacts every area of your loved one’s life
Cultivating this attitude also helps build up self-esteem when you live by what is good rather than focusing on all that isn’t so great about yourself whether inside or outside.


At Hillsdale Christian Academy, we recognize and thank our Father in Heaven. He is the source of every blessing that we receive each day- whether it be food on your plate or talents in music–we are grateful because without Him none would exist at all.

Psalm 105:5  “Remember his marvelous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;“  (Psalm 100:5)

Eric Peterman
Eric Peterman