Teaching kids to be thankful for what they have can help make them less selfish.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:
- Surprise children with a gift. It represents something they didn’t ask for, rather than something to which they’re entitled. It also takes away having to choose between options, and helps relieve the feeling that the child could have selected something better.
- Talk with your child about things that you are thankful for, including the best parts of your day. Focus on a positive attitude.
- Share stories of your family history, hardships and hard work.
- Encourage your child to offer help to people who appreciate it.
- Teach your child to say thank you. Be a good example by always expressing your gratitude.
- Show children the joy of giving to others.
- Teach kids responsibility by creating age-appropriate daily chores. Have older kids help out with younger kids.
- Don’t expose kids to social media and advertisements that can make them want more, while feeling they actually have less.