“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick
Young children spend a significant amount of time with their teachers and are undoubtedly influenced by them in many ways. It’s important to take the time to thank those who positively influence our children and play such significant roles in their lives, and to teach kids to do the same!
Whether it be a coach, day care provider, or classroom teacher, make a deliberate effort on Caregiver Apprecation Day and througout the year to express your gratitude for what they have done for you and your child. Not only can you make someone’s day by showing them they are appreciated, but you are setting an example for your child of having an attitude of gratitude.
Start showing your appreciation by:
- Writing a letter and having your child create a drawing to show why they appreciate that person
- Helping your child create an acrostic poem using the person’s name
- Volunteering in your child’s class
- Donating supplies needed for projects, indoor recess, snack, etc.
- Engaging in spontaneous acts of kindness, like treating someone to coffee or tea
Check out these picture books that teach children gratitude:
- The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
- Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
- Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
- Thankful by Eileen Spinelli
- The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Don’t forget to set time aside for some self-appreciation! Try some of these budget-friendly tips for self-care.