Raising Thankful Kids
At Viera Pediatrics, we have a lot to be thankful for this year. A talented and caring team to work with, a community of supportive families to be part of, and patients who make our days in the office a genuine pleasure. There's a lot of emphasis this month on themes like gratitude and giving, and we want to share just how thankful WE are to be part of the Viera and greater Space Coast community!
It's important to remember that for some, this can be tough time of year. Family situations, financial struggles and fully packed schedules bring added stress. The Florida's warmer-than-average fall temperatures can make getting into the "holiday spirit" challenging. It can be easy to lose sight of all we have to be thankful for. The Thanksgiving holiday presents the perfect opportunity for parents to teach their children to be more thankful for what they HAVE instead of focusing on what they WANT.
With this in mind, we thought we'd share some of our favorite ways to refocus on what it means to give thanks, and tips for parents on how to demonstrate gratitude.
Start by setting a good example
As parents, we all joke about it, but children really do soak up information and model their behavior based off of our actions and interactions with others. Choosing to be kind, rather than selfish or egotistical, teaches kids the value of generosity – sometimes as parents, we need to be reminded of this as well. Next time you find yourself stuck in Melbourne's notorious afternoon traffic with the kiddos in the car, consciously make an effort to demonstrate patience and kindness. Let another driver go ahead of you as they try and merge into your lane. Wave and smile at the car who lets you pull out in front of them. Pay the toll of the person behind you next time you're traveling on one of Central Florida's toll roads. These are small gestures that can make a big impact – especially when you consider, your kids are always watching.
Donate time, not ‘things’
The holidays are memorable times of the year because most of us are blessed to have people to spend it with. Teaching kids to donate their free time to help those less fortunate – for example, those that have no one at all to visit during the holidays – is a great lesson in empathy. Why not set up a time you and your children can visit an assisted living facility in your community? Too often, elders in these homes are left alone during the holidays. Why not make it a special time for them too? There are more than a dozen nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Brevard County, almost all of which welcome young visitors and volunteers with open arms!
Instill the value of manners
It may seem like a no-brainer to most parents, but a simple please and thank you goes a long way in this world. Oftentimes, around the holidays, our kids forget their manners in all the excitement. While temper tantrums and department store meltdowns seem to be just a part of the bustle of the season, they certainly don’t have to be. Help your kids understand that “thank you” isn’t just something we say, it’s an important part of a bigger conversation about spreading kindness to others.
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