Want to get your kids to be more grateful? Turn it into a competitive sport.
That's what I did during the pandemic with my boys and it's turned into my ultimate #parentinghack.
There's no disputing the science behind a gratitude practice. Expressing thanks and recognizing the good things in your life can boost mood and improve physical health.
A recent Rolling Stone article called gratitude the ultimate door opener in a conversation.
But telling your kids to be more "grateful" is a conversation non-starter in most households.
That's why I gamified gratitude during the pandemic.
Hear me out.
I'm a #boymom. My kids absorb life lessons through movement and quite often, competition and making a mess in the kitchen.
So, I started the "gratitude game" during the pandemic.
Yes, I gamified gratitude.
We play it in the car. It's a rapid-fire, round-robin declaration of all things good.
It takes just a few minutes and it's changed our family dynamic during some of the most challenging days of the pandemic.
My guest this week is my 12-year-old son who happened to be home sick from school on the day I was recording this episode.
Buckle up. He's a handful.
On this Dying to Ask:
- The science behind gratitude and the impact it has on mood and health
- How to play the gratitude game
- And what my younger son says he gets out of our family gratitude practice