Parenting Gift: How to Teach Kids Gratefulness

 

 

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Teach The Gratitude Review to Your Child

 

The power of gratitude shapes positive thoughts. Upbeat thinking promotes a happier heart. If you’d like to raise an optimistic child, consider The Gratitude Review as a bedtime activity. It’s so easy.

The Simple Method for Increasing Gratitude:

At bedtime ask, “What happened today that you’re grateful for?”

Give your child time to think. Make sure it’s something that’s completely positive. If she says,

“I had fun playing soccer during recess but when it was over…”

The word ‘but’ tells you something unpleasant is about to follow. Help her practice finding pleasant events that started and ended with a satisfying experience.

This Bedtime Exchange Helps Parents and Children:

  1. Develop closeness.
  2. Discuss positive daily events.
  3. Share happy feelings.
  4. End the day on a joyful note.
  5. Sleep with happy memories.

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Parenting Solutions: Turning Pessimistic Kids into Positive Children

OPTIMISTIC KIDS LOOK FORWARD TO PLEASANT EVENTS. How can you instill this practice in your children? Each day ask your child to make a "Morning Forecast."

If your child smiles a lot, chances are she’s a positive thinker. But if she pouts, her gloomy face, down-turned lips, and sullen frowns reveal her darker thoughts. Can you help her change? Certainly!

In today's article, you’ll find 5 toxic thinking behaviors to overcome, 6 behaviors to promote in yourself, 7 positive activities to teach your kids, and a children’s poem to discuss with your youngsters.

As you can see, The Morning Forecast is so easy. The other activities are easy too. Why not find out more ways to promote positive attitudes in your loved ones? If you do, your child will be happier, make more friends, and be able to influence others in good ways. Your family will benefit too. What have you got to lose? Why not turn your moody kid into a happier person?

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Moody Kids Have Darker Thoughts

 

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The Positive Child: 18 Top Parenting Tips and Tools

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How Parents Raise Kids with Positive Mindsets - 5 Fun Activities

 

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PARENTING HAPPY CHILDREN IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK. Today we've created a new 4-minute YouTube Video with 5 powerful ways to teach your child positive thinking.  They include these simple fun activities. Share them with your children:

  1. The Morning Forecast
  2. The Gratitude Review 
  3. The Family Compliments
  4. The Smile Experiment
  5. The Bright Side Discussion

Why Is Raising a Positive Thinker Better than Raising a Negative Thinker?

  1. Positive children attract friendships. Negative kids repel them.
  2. Kids who are positive feel happier.
  3. Children with happy mindsets tend to look for positive solutions.
  4. Unhappy kids tend to pout and hold onto resentments.
  5. Positive kids encourage others.

I bet you can think of even more reasons to raise children with cheerful attitudes.

Now is a great time to introduce these parent/child activities. If you do, your child might make new friends and enjoy this school year more than ever.

Watch this video. Copy the transcript below it. Start using these parenting strategies today.

 

How Parents Raise Positive Kids – 5 Top Parenting Tips

 

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You CAN Raise a Positive Child!

 

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Parenting Honest Kids: 7 Top Benefits for Truthful Children

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Honest Discussions Help Kids Build
Character

 

WHEN PARENTS DISCUSS THE VALUE OF TRUTHFULNESS, youngsters understand why honesty is so important. Most children have told lies and already know that lying causes pain. As the parent, you can remind your child of 3 painful problems they may have experienced.

3 Dishonesty Problems:

  1. Being distrusted
  2. Feeling guilty
  3. Worrying about being caught

Ask your child, "Can you think of more problems that telling a lie can cause?"

Today’s gift shares 7 positive outcomes when children tell the truth. Use them for your parent/child discussions too.

Sample Questions to Ask Your Child:

  1. Can you remember a time when you told the truth and it felt good?
  2. Do friends trust you? Why?
  3. Why does a clean conscience help you sleep?
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Honest Kids Sleep Well

 

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How Parents Raise Kids with a Healthy Conscience - 5 Discussions

 

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Help Your Kids Think about Honesty 
 

Discussing dilemmas is a powerful way to help kids to think about right and wrong. With dilemmas, your child has the chance to pretend someone else has the problem and come up with a solution.


In today's parenting gift, you'll find 5 child dilemmas to ask your child. 
His task is to think of answers that would help kids in the dilemma have a clean conscience. Listen well. Have fun with the problems by asking some questions of your own.

Here's an example:

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Bonding with Parent and Child Discussions

 

Your best friend lied to your friends about his dad being a millionaire. Most of the kids knew it wasn't true and are calling him a liar. Now he's embarrassed and doesn't want to face them.

  1. Will you remain his friend? Why?
  2. What's the best way for him to correct his lie?
  3. Why is being truthful the best policy?

Of course, you can ask whatever questions are best for your child. Remember, your goal is to help him think clearly and choose honesty.

Download your gift and add it to a 3-hole binder to use whenever you need it.

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Parenting Gift: 10 Honesty Mottos Help Kids' Self-Talk

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An Honesty Mindset Helps Children

 

CHILDREN, WHO ARE SCARED TO TELL THE TRUTH, MAY FEAR PUNISHMENT. The talk kids have in their heads can influence them to do right or wrong. When children tell lies, their self-talk may be defensive. For instance, they might say, “I don’t want my dad to be mad at me,” or “I’m afraid I’ll get punished.”

Complimenting kids for being honest may encourage them to be truthful. Consider using praise over criticism and punishment.

Another way to promote an 'honesty mindset' is with slogans that get repeated often.

Encourage your elementary-age child to pick a favorite slogan from our list to repeat often when he’s tempted to lie. Better yet, ask him to make up one of his own by asking, “What words might help you to choose honesty over lying?" 

In this parenting gift, you’ll receive 10 self-talk mottos, to start with, like:

“My heart feels best when my words are honest.”

“My truth is like gold when my honesty’s bold.”

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"I feel best when I'm honest."

 

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10 Parent-Child Discussion Questions about Honesty - Your Parenting Gift

 

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How a Parent's Good Listening Skills Promote Honesty

 

If you want to raise and honest child and you’re not sure how, don’t worry. Here are 10 questions you can use for a friendly discussion. Get her ideas before you share any of your own. We call this a baseline because you’ll know where to start if you feel she’s not quite on the right track. 

Be open, listen well, and avoid harshly criticizing her thoughts and answers. Criticism will shut her down.  Then your ability to influence her toward honesty will shrink drastically. Be kind in your approach.

I suggest you take one question a week to discuss at dinner, in the car, or at bedtime. You might think lecturing is faster but if your child clams up, how will you know she accepts your lecture. Many kids tune out or rebel when being told what to do or how to think.

You can open your child up when she knows you’re really listening. She’ll want to know you care about her ideas. These 10 discussion questions will help you and your child promote honesty.

Here are 2 sample questions:

  1. Why to children, who tell lies, lose friends?
  2. Why are children, with truthful reputations, liked and trusted.

Don’t forget to ask for examples from your child's own life.

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10 Honest Discussion Questions to Help Your Child Choose the Truth

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Parenting Tips - Help Kids Choose Honesty and Overcome Guilt

 

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Kids Respect and Trust Truthful Parents
 

LYING HURTS YOUR CHILD'S REPUTATION AND BREEDS DISTRUST.  If you're the parent of an elementary-age student, who has trouble telling the truth, can you remember a time when you told a falsehood? If it had bad consequences, can you remember your feelings? Were you plagued with guilt? Were you afraid to confess for fear of punishment? 

Lies can cause your child mental pain too. Today's article shares 7 fearful consequences from lying, 7 positive effects for being truthful, 6 honest strategies, 5 moral dilemmas for your child to solve, and 10 self-talk statements from which to choose. 

 HONESTY BEGINS AT HOME!

Children look up to parents with eager eyes and ears. They see and hear everything.  When parent's aren't truthful, kids learn about lying. When parents are truthful, kids trust and respect them. Use the tips in this article to model truthfulness and help your child.

3 Suggestions to Tell Your Child When He Is Ready to Admit His Mistakes:

1. "Avoid over-thinking about the action you are about to take. It might stop you from telling the truth." 
2. "Take 5 deep breaths right before admitting your lie. It will help you relax."
3. "Repeat a simple slogan like, “My truth is like gold when my honesty's bold,” because it could give you the courage you need."

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You CAN Help Him Choose Honesty and
Overcome Guilt

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The Honest Child - 35 Parenting Tips Teach Truthfulness

 

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10 Parenting Tips: Teaching Kids to Value Honesty

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How Parents Help Children Evaluate Truth and Lies

 

CAN PARENTS TEACH KIDS TO BE HONEST? ABSOLUTELY! Is there an easy way to help your child choose honesty? Yes!

When parents ask fun questions to help kids develop their own reasoning skills, kids often share their real thoughts.

Respectful listening is the key. If you model respect, avoid put-downs, and listen well, you might be surprised. Why? Because your child may offer ideas like yours.

In today’s video, you’ll find thought-provoking questions for your child. You'll ask about the problems with lies, reputation, guilt, and the value of a clear conscience. Your ability to avoid telling them what to think and your power to listen well will greatly influence their characters. Why? Because they won't be fighting your ideas.

 

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The Honest Child and Conscience – 10 Parenting Discussions

 

View this YouTube Video. Copy the script below the video. Then ask your kids the 10 questions. Enjoy their answers.

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Empathy Training for Kids - 8 Simple Parenting Discussions

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Kids Understand Feelings When Parents Help


THIS PARENTING GIFT HELPS CHILDREN EXPERIENCE EMPATHY. It includes 8 discussion questions for building character through friendly chats.

Consider discussing a new question once each week because it will give your child time to reflect and practice caring skills. Dinners, car rides, and bedtimes are perfect for these discussions. Use words like:

1. Would you explain a little more? 

2. I like how you think.

3. How did you come to think that way?

4. Do you have any examples?

5. How do your thoughts match your actions? 

Don’t lecture your child on what to think. Rather, find out what he thinks and why. Accept his ideas without arguing. You can add your thoughts later by also answering the questions in today's gift.

Remember, if you force your ideas, your child may get stubborn and rebel against them.

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Friendly Chats Help Kids Care about Others

 

Pick up 8 Discussion Questions: 

Insert the code word EMPATHY at KidsDiscuss.com and start building character today. 

Imagine your feelings when your child cares about others and treats them with respect. You'll know you're parenting well and that your discussions are powerful.

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