I know those of us with older children remember it: We’ve given, or someone else has given, our child something – a treat, a gift, a special activity. And we wait… hoping to hear those two words – “Thank you”. We hope he’s going to say it because it’s in him, because he’s learned what mommy’s been teaching forEVER (it seems), and maybe because he feels it – gratitude.
We’ve taught our children 3 categories of gratitude: thanking us, thanking others, and thanking God. As our little ones got older, I wanted them to be grateful for whatever they receive, but most importantly, I wanted them to grow to thank God for all that He gives them.
As we train, pray, and lead by example, our children will learn.