Have you read any success books or personal development books? It seems that they are all geared towards adults. It makes sense. Adults are the people who purchase the books. Adults are the people who want to make changes in their lives. But why wait until we are in our 30’s and 40’s? Why not start earlier. Why not start today?
That’s what this site is all about. Empowering our youth with what they need to create the life of their dreams. As soon as possible.
An Attitude of Gratitude
One thing that every self help book talks about is developing an attitude of gratitude. We even teach our children to count our blessings. But what kid do you know that actually does that? Not many. I have not seen too many kids at all contemplating all the wonderful things they have in their lives.
So my 4-year old daughter and I have a brand new habit. At bedtime, after the teeth have been brushed and the books have been read. After the goodnights have been said to her brother and mother. And just after the perfect animal has been chosen to sleep with her.
I ask her, “What are you grateful for tonight, Tatum?”
The first few nights it was the same thing. Horses. She would say, “I am grateful for horses to look at and ride.” It was the same thing the first 3 nights. Then she asks me what I am grateful for. I switched mine up each night. First it was our friends, then it was our family, then our house and warm clothes.
I was getting a little nervous on day 4. I figured I would need to advise her on how to be grateful for things other than horses.
So, last night, I asked her as she crawled under the covers with Bunny from “Goodnight Moon”. What are you grateful for tonight, Tatum?
“I am grateful for your heart, daddy” was her response. Hearing that gives you a high that you don’t come down from for a few days.
I told her what I was grateful for, kissed her goodnight and skipped out of the room.
Teach Your Children Well
The purpose of this is actually not to feel good about yourself. Although that is a wonderful side effect! The purpose is to create habits in our children that will help them for years and years to come. Just like the idea of reading first thing in the morning will always benefit them, having an attitude of gratitude has the ability to change the life of anyone.
Why not teach it to our kids as soon as we can?
What habits are you teaching your children?