Thankful Kids

thankful kids

Thankful kids are an inspiration to all of us! Their gratefulness is contagious to other children and adults too!

How do you develop an attitude of thanksgiving in your children and teens? Giving back is a practical and proven way to change the mindset from “it’s all about me” or “let’s help others.”

When Lev, age 12, learned how kids in the Dominican Republic live and how thankful they are for what they have, his perspective changed. He says, “What stood out was how thankful all the kids were and how they lived, and that we have so much more than they do. Sometimes I used to be like, 'Why can't I have this or that?' But now I know that the people there don't even have a chance of getting it, and they're happy with what they have. I learned how thankful we should be for what we have."

Lev now has an appreciation for his life and family. Take time to study other cultures and learn about how they live day-to-day. It may impact your children just like it did Lev. Let’s develop thankful kids!



Magazine Home Educational Games Teaching Kids Around the World Kids Devotion Just for Grins Childrens Magazine

compassionate-kids.jpg
remember to be thankful subtitle - below image - comp-kids_headline.png

Natasha, Maks and Lev went to the Dominican Republic with their parents to see what it's like and to visit their sponsored child. Kids there might live in a one-room home where they sleep with all their family. They might even have just one pair of shoes or one toy to play with.

When Natasha, Maks, and Lev saw what the children's lives were like, they wanted to remember to be thankful for what they have.

Maks age 10 - p-kids_maks.png

Maks got mad at his dad one morning while they were in the Dominican Republic. But then he met kids who didn't have a dad. Here's what he learned:

"If you have parents and you think they're really mean, you shouldn't think they're mean because these other kids don't have parents. People should be really thankful because they have a lot."

Lev Age 12 - comp-kids_lev.png

Here's what Lev learned:

"What stood out was how thankful all the kids were and how they lived, and that we have so much more than they do. Sometimes I used to be like, 'Why can't I have this or that?' But now I know that the people there don't even have a chance of getting it, and they're happy with what they have. I learned how thankful we should be for what we have."

comp-kids_natasha.png

Here's what Natasha learned:

"All the kids were really happy. Here we complain, like if we don't have a phone or computer or a certain toy, we get cranky. But over there, I gave them a bottle of nail polish, and they were super duper happy. They're really thankful for what they have. Now every time that I think, 'I want this' or 'I want that,' I think about them and how I can help. So I wrote a letter to the girl we sponsor and sent a picture."

dr - map - comp-kids_map.jpg
from the bible - comp-kids_verse.png
Natasha and little boy from the Dominican Republic.
Natasha with a Dominican boy.