A practice of gratitude is not about being virtuous, but about feeling peaceful. Those moments of gratitude reduce anxiety and ease depression! They build resilience. Gratitude opens the heart and the mind to acceptance and opportunity.
As parents we appropriately make decisions for our children when they cannot think for themselves. Each year brings increased autonomy, with the ultimate goal of independence in adulthood. It is our responsibility as parents to guide our children to make good choices.
Kids need to feel a sense of belonging. Affiliations with a group illustrate the natural tendency to find our place in a clan, tribe, or community. We all need to feel we belong.
Kids yearn to be understood. They need their feelings to be validated whether parents believe it's the right feeling for the circumstance. Actually, we all need to feel understood.