I’ve heard countless times how parents who get together in honesty refer to their own kids as ungrateful little brats, which doesn’t mean they love them any less, but rather just highlights the fact that children can indeed sometimes miss the lesson of just how lucky they are to have everything as it is in their lives. Here’s how to teach them to count their blessings:
Reminding them of the value of all which they have
There’s perhaps a little bit of deviousness about this approach to teaching the kinds to count their blessings, but then again that’s probably what you do all the time as a parent, isn’t it? You do many things which suggest that you aren’t fully upfront with your children, but that’s what it means to be a parent – you’re protecting them and you ultimately know what’s best for them in those specific situations.
So justification aside, teaching children to count their blessings by reminding them of the value of the things they have in their lives can constitute a simple exercise of just making reference to the implied value. For example (I’m terrible, I know), if your child is sulking because you can’t make it to their mid-week school cricket match, you can turn that frown upside down very quickly by making it clear to them that you’ll be at work, putting in the hours which allow you to afford to buy them the very same cricket bat they’ll be trying to hit the ball with during their match.
There are so many different ways through which you can deliver the lesson in this way, such as how for just a designated period of time you could perhaps make them earn their pocket money or the equivalent in monetary value to whatever it is they ask you to buy for them.
You could perhaps even take them to work on one of the days which aren’t as busy so that they can see how hard you have to work to earn the money which you spend on keeping them safe, happy, healthy, and as comfortable as possible.
Get a professional to talk to them
Obviously this would be something that has to be approached as delicately as the matter itself is, so you’d have to be careful not to step on the toes of those kids who already have to deal with such issues as their daily realities. I’m of course talking about something like organising with the parents of the other kids in your neighbourhood or school maybe, whose parents are perhaps still together as part of what is becoming an increasingly rare, traditional family structure. Round-up all the kids and then hire a professional to talk to them, such as perhaps getting a Houston child custody lawyer in to just share some stories of the many cases they deal with daily.
That should probably do a good job in teaching them to look around them and find value in the everyday things they are fortunate to have in their lives, which are very easy to take for granted.