Cultivating An Attitude of Gratitude


How can we cultivate gratitude in ourselves and others? 

A few years ago a friend of mine with young children asked my advice about how to help her children appreciate the good life they had, a life full of love and comfort.

She told me that when she looked at the ads of children in magazines, the models looked bored and pouty.

  • How, she asked, do I avoid raising children like that?
  • How do I help my children understand and count their blessings?

I’ll share two ideas I suggested to her.

Download the article and audio recording below:

Leave a put-into-into-action comment below about how you are going use these ideas.

Have some other ideas to share?

12 Responses to “Cultivating An Attitude of Gratitude”

  1. Love this advice! I hope to use the Gratitude Attitude when grandkids are asking lots of good questions at a bad time – like when I’m facing my ultimate challenges in the kitchen. A great time to appreciate their curiosity – as you suggested! Thanks, Maren

  2. This is a good reminder to see each child, in my class and at home, in their best light and to focus on what he/she is doing well rather than what I wish they would stop doing. Also gives me the opportunity to look around and see how I might redirect that child to better use their “gift”. i.e. the energetic child in class today who just absolutely could not sit down to sing was happy to use that energy to walk back and forth to set the table for snack for his classmates.

  3. Lisa Hernandez

    I love this! Such a great reminder to start a “Thankfulness Ritual” at the end of the day, thanking people daily. It is also a great reminder to say, “You are welcome.”
    This is also a reminder to model thankfulness! Thank you Maren for this reminder and for being so available to educators and parents.

  4. Sally Henderson

    Thank you for the reminder that the “crabby” habit is just that, and that what we focus on grows. This is increasingly important as the days grow shorter and colder, meaning more time in the house! Instead of constantly reminding my 4 year old of the rules, I smile and open my arms when I’m feeling the most exasperated…that’s what he’s after anyway. :)

  5. Thank you. I so need this video and this reminder being a mom and an assistant teacher in a Montessori school.

  6. First of all, Maren, I want to thank you personally for all the encouraging and practical tips! And to put this into action, I find so many things to be grateful for in our children. Sometimes, a “Thank you, Liam,” is in order. This 3 year old finds things on the floor, runs to get a brush and dust pan and starts cleaning. So many little things may go unnoticed if we are not watching for them.


Leave a Reply