I can’t believe that it’s been so long of COVID living! And it's been since the beginning of COVID that I’ve been creating these free monthly theme-based calendars to provide ideas for you to boost your child’s emotional intelligence, support their social skills and reduce their anxiety.
November's theme is Gratitude, and how to cultivate appreciation and positive thinking with our children.
With everything going on in the world right now, this might seem difficult to do but it’s more important than ever! Please take the time to download the calendar and practice with your child! Trust me, you'll be glad you did!
For right now...I am going to ask you to do two things:
Now, how do you feel?
There aren’t any magic bullets for happiness, but incorporating gratitude into your everyday lives can help kids find more joy and mental health.
Don’t just take it from me. There is research behind these words:
-According to a study in the Journal of School Psychology (2008), they found that grateful children (ages 11-13) were happier and more optimistic. They reported more satisfaction with their families, schools, friends, and themselves.
-Another study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that instilling gratitude in children at a young age (up to 5) was linked to happier kids.
As always, my mission is to help you find simple and practical ways to boost these skills in your everyday life! Here are four simple ways to get started or pick from.
For more suggestions on how to cultivate gratitude on a daily basis, purchase the full 12-month theme-based calendar here for only $11.99. It is packed with 365 ideas, tools and activities to be mindful and hold intention with your daily interactions with your child to help them listen, cope, care about others and engage socially so that they can develop critical social and emotional skills for friendship, school and life. Be sure to get your child involved, as they probably have some great ideas too. This can be a win-win because you will feel the benefits too.