It is the time of year that people think about the things that we are all thankful for. As parents we need to teach our babies, and children, what it means to be thankful and how to be thankful.
Babies model behavior of the people around them. If they see their loved ones saying "thank you" and being kind to one another, they are more likely to do the same. For instance, when our family is out to a restaurant, Alex is encouraged to order for himself, and to be polite to our waiter/waitress. He has been taught to be thankful that someone is bringing his food to him, and in turn he also ends up thanking whoever it is that took him to the meal.
This week, as a family, we are going to say one thing that we are thankful for. I am sure that Alex will likely be thankful for toys, but that is okay. For our babies that cannot talk yet, the parents can tell their babies what they are thankful for. Babies can hear and understand at young ages. Parents will be teaching their child how to be thankful. It is a good habit to get into, and starting this at such a young age will be fun!