The Power of Picture Books - Stories That Inspire Gratitude
Regardless of who we are or where we come from, I think the majority of parents have similar aspirations for their children - to be happy, healthy, well adjusted members of society.
With children, good character building needs to be modeled and taught. While not a simple task, the journey does not have to be a boring and tedious one, especially with the help of picture books!
Besides being enjoyable, picture books are invaluable and effective tools in teaching your child about many topics, including some of the heavier subjects in life. They can help to bridge the communication gap between parent and child and provide a springboard for some meaningful conversation, at any level. Whether you are being proactive in your mission to create a balanced and respectful human being or you are trying to curb some unpleasant behaviour, picture books can relay a message that perhaps resonates with your child in a way your own words cannot.
This week I decided to focus on gratitude. True gratitude. More than just politely saying thank you, this goes deeper than having manners. True gratitude in the sense that you have an ability to understand and appreciate what others do for you- an ability to look outside yourself and your immediate needs. Not an easy task, nor one that is remotely natural for most children. But anything worthwhile usually deserves some mindful practice and effort.
In my quest to support my own little one in her journey, I have compiled a list of titles I feel are powerful and effective stories in helping to inspire gratitude. Keep in mind that simply reading a picture book is not going to magically transform your child. Rome was not built in a day. But with perseverance, discussion, and proper modeling, you will begin to see the fruits of your labour take bloom and you will be thankful you made the effort.
(For simplicity, I have included the recommended age range but be mindful that these books can be enjoyed at any age.)
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