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At first glance, this week’s topic may appear developmentally not appropriate for caregivers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers attending TLC Play & Parenting classes. You may feel that discussing the necessity of teaching our little ones about gratitude is a bit premature. TLC couldn’t disagree more!

Gratitude is one of the trickiest concepts to teach toddlers and preschoolers — who are by nature self-centered — but one of the most important.

From day one, our children are modeling our behaviors and listening to our discussions. We are their first teachers and, perhaps, the most influential teachers they will ever have. Now is the time to talk with your co-parent and make decisions and choices that reflect your family’s values.

Recognizing that someone has gone out of the way for you is not a natural behavior for children — it’s learned.

Please click HERE to review an article from Parents Magazine that includes numerous recommendations how loving caregivers can teach gratitude and appreciation to young children. This topic couldn’t be more timely with Thanksgiving holiday next week.