Wellness Connection

Pittsford Schools Mental & Behavioral Health: GRATITUDE

Hello community members big and small!

It might seem like a hard sell to some to focus on gratitude during this time, but experts from the Child Mind Institute emphasize that learning to be grateful can improve kids’ relationships, ability to empathize, and overall happiness.

Here are 10 tips to strengthen your child's gratitude muscle:

1. Set an example. Kids learn a lot from watching their parents.

3. Have a talk. Try asking your child how they feel when people say thank you to them for doing something nice, and then how they feel when they don’t.

4. Find fun ways to say thanks. There are lots of ways to show gratitude. (check out the full article for some ideas).

5. Share the love. Encourage kids to think of people who help them, from the mail carrier, to neighbors, to the local farmer, and say thanks with cookies or cupcakes, or a painted rock!

6. Put things in perspective. Talk to your kids about those who are less fortunate.

7. Let kids choose. Encourage kids to turn their interests into action.

8. Get involved. Find a way to volunteer or let your child choose a charity to donate to.

9. Make gratitude part of bedtime. When you tuck your child in at night, reflect on three things to be grateful for.

10. Give kids credit. Be mindful of the fact that your child may have their own way of expressing gratitude, even if it doesn’t fit your expectations.

Lastly, make the connection obvious. For example, "When you said thank-you to your brother for _________, I noticed that he smiled and he probably felt _________. Thank you to YOU for going the extra mile to help someone feel good about themselves today."

Read the full article to learn more!

Be well,

Patricia Vaughan-Brogan, Ed.D.

Director of Student Services

Greta B. Johnston, MS, CAS

Student Services Specialist

Gratitude for Elementary School

Gratitude for Middle School

Gratitude for High School


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