Teaching gratitude to children

By Teresa Power

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the good things in our lives. Gratitude and yoga go hand in hand, and practicing simple yoga poses is one way to teach kids thankfulness.

Take, for instance, Easy Pose: “I like to relax in Easy Pose, taking deep breaths in and out through my nose. With my legs crossed and my back straight, I continue to breathe while counting to eight.” This simple yoga posture can initiate a conversation about gratitude, and how blessed kids are to be able to relax their minds and bodies by practicing yoga.

Another fun way to practice gratitude with children is by playing the ABC game of gratitude. One person starts with the letter A and says something that they are grateful for that starts with that letter. For example, “I am grateful for apple pie.” The next person uses the letter B, and so on through the whole alphabet.

We all have things to be grateful for, and Thanksgiving is a great time of year to practice that gratitude with the children in our lives.

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