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4 SIMPLE WAYS TO RAISE GRATEFUL KIDS

January 10th, 2017 | 4 comments

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Back in October, while teaching one of my Mindful Beginnings Classes, I asked a group of Kindergarteners to share one thing they were grateful for.

Many of them were grateful for their mom and dad, their pets and then one student said,  “ I’m thankful for family dinners where we go around and share the best part of our day with each other. I like to hear about my families day. It makes me feel like I’m with them.”

Seriously, how powerfully insightful is that?

In a world where children get cell phones by the age of 9, don’t ever have to wait to watch a commercial and who have every toy imaginable, raising grateful kids is challenging.

Cultivating gratitude teaches our children how to be mindfully present in their life.  This ultimately increases their well-being and enables them to meet the stresses of the world with presence, self-compassion, and openness.

Inspired by that little girl, I immediately went onto my private Mod-Zen Mama Facebook group. I sked our tribe of mindful mamas if they have a gratitude practice with their family.

I was soo inspired by some of the practices of the mindful mamas in our group, I just HAD to share them with you.

This week I bring to you different gratitude practices by four of our Mod-Zen Mamas that you can try with your family.

4 mindfulness practices to raise grateful kids

Many people may wonder, can a gratitude practice really help children feel more joyful in they lives?

HECK YA!! Gratitude has been found to increase happiness in kids for long-term well-being.

When you’re focusing throughout the day for something you are grateful for, you are practicing mindfulness. In those moments you are fully aware and in-tune with what is happening in your life.

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Now I’d love to hear from you…

Do you have a gratitude practice that you do with your children? Share it below by leaving a comment? If you don’t have a practice yet, share below what you’re going to plan to do.

I’m soo deeply honored to have so many amazing mindful mamas as part of the Mod-Zen Mama Facebook Tribe. Each day we share our successes, struggles and converse about mindful topics that help increase our joy, balance and peace.

If you are looking for a fun, inspiring and non-judgment space where we can talk about all things that help us become the most present, patient and peaceful mama, join our mindful mama tribe. Click here to join our Facebook group!

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  1. First off, I love everything you’re up to! Your message, your viewpoint, everything!

    This message couldn’t have come at a better time as I’ve been looking to find ways to have deeper daily connections with my hubby. I have a personal gratitude practice, although not consistent, but not one with my hubby. My daughter is only 10 months so everything she’s saying these days are “bababa”, or “dadada,” however I know beginning this now as a family she will still be in the energy of it all and will know the rhythm once she can speak and form thoughts and sentences.

    The examples from the Mod-Zen mamas are awesome!

    • Hey Susan! I’ve been trying to practice a gratitude routine with my hubby too. I’m going to be doing a live stream on the questions to ask tomorrow or Friday. I think it will resonate with you!

      I’m just so surprised how much Ayaan has picked up from watching me as a 21 month old. He knows what to do when he sees a meditation mat, he knows what to do when he sees a buddha statue around my house. So you are absolutely right. Your daughter will certainly feel the shift in your energy and vibration when conversations of gratitude are flowing around her.

      With Ayaan, I make it a point to say the things I’m grateful about him before he goes to bed or when we are playing. Like you said, it’s a great practice to get into even if they don’t fully understand what’s going on! =)

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