Teaching kids to be thankful is an ongoing task of being a parent. If we give them everything we fail. If we don’t give them everything we still fail. How does one teach their kids to be thankful? Here are some easy tips on just that.

Mention Thankful Things:

If you mention little things like “Isn’t Pepper such a good dog? We should be thankful!” This may convey the notion to be uber thankful without having it seem forced.

Get Creative with a Gratitude Jar:


Have your kids decorate a jar. Leave a notepad and pen next to it. Have your family write down things they are thankful for. They can be big things or little things. Then on Thanksgiving, you take turns reading the cute little notes in the jar.

Thank Everyone for Their Hard work:

Have everyone take a task; like Dad can cook the turkey or sister can make and put up decorations. Then when everyone is seated at the table, take the time to thank everyone for their assigned task. It’s always nice to hear.

Be Thankful for Each Day of the Month:


Have the Month of Thanksgiving; whether it be October here in Canada or November in the USA. Then have the kids write down one thing a day they are thankful for.

Make and Donate to the Local Food bank:

Have the family put together a hamper (as best you can). Then go to the local food bank as a family and donate your hamper of food. Your kids will see how grateful and awesome it feels to give to the less fortunate.

Incorporate Teamwork:


If the kids are old enough, have them put together a play or skit and have them add in a thanksgiving theme.

Don’t Over Do it with Gifts:

Surprise your kids with gifts. Don’t be constantly buying things for them. Kids will survive if they don’t have the latest Barbie or dinosaur things. Trust me they will be ok.

Teach Your Kids about the Past:

Some parents don’t want to do this, but talking to your kids about things like the Great Depression will help them see how people lost everything and how poor people were.


Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.