Cultivating Gratitude in Kids Using the 5 Love Languages

With Thanksgiving week in the USA, my thoughts naturally turn to gratitude. It's funny how, as adults, we can be thankful for so much, yet when it comes to kids, teaching them to express gratitude often requires patience, guidance, and repetition.

Ever found yourself wishing your child would show more gratitude? It can be puzzling. You provide them with everything they need, and then some. But here's the catch from a developmental standpoint: children aren't hardwired for gratitude.

Despite your stellar ⭐ care, kids don't spontaneously express appreciation because their instincts are primarily geared towards survival. If you want them to understand the value of all you provide, it's essential to actively teach them gratitude.

A fantastic place to start is by delving into Gary Chapman's concept of the 5 Love Languages. Here's a little "blast from the past" video tip on instilling gratitude:  Watch Now.

Remember, gratitude transcends the mere act of saying "thank you." It's a mindfulness practice that enriches your ability to convey love and feel loved in return.

Have you ever explored the love languages within your family? If not, now's the perfect time to embark on this journey. I'd love to hear how you cultivate gratitude in your home.

As always, thank you for accompanying me on this quest to strengthen your connection with your children. Your efforts matter, and I appreciate the time you've devoted to me today. 




Samantha Moe, M.A. SLP
Certified Parent Coach
Creator, Mad to Glad Blueprint ™
Professional training to support intense kids and their families

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P.S. This month, my 3-year-old's KidStrong Coach assigned us the task of practicing "Thankfulness." How heartwarming it is to see the little ones grow! 😊