Why gratitude every day will make you a better parent

Sitting in my Spanish mother- in- laws kitchen being cooked another delicious lunch I can only be grateful, (slight pity about the waistline!).

Grateful for the joy she receives from looking after and nourishing her family, grateful for the care she takes in buying the very best produce, grateful for suggesting we have a small glass of Rioja on a Friday lunchtime, to enjoy the ‘Alubias a la Riojana’. (White alubias, chourico, potatoes, red pepper, carrots all cooked in a healthy home made stock).

gratitude every day will make you a better parent

Grateful that today we are in Spain where the temperature is 21 degrees and the sun is shining, grateful too that we have two days ahead of us to enjoy a holiday, I could go on….

Young children are lucky they tend to live in the present; they take each moment as it comes and react accordingly.

We could and should try being more like them by allowing ourselves to become truly absorbed and involved in the now.

When taking time to ‘stop and be’ life is suddenly filled with thanks, worry and negativity are forgotten.

We know now that gratitude is strongly connected to good mental health and life satisfaction.

Young children are lucky they tend to live in the present; they take each moment as it comes and react accordingly.

Being grateful stops us in our tracks as it envelops us in the beauty of the fleeting moment. Grateful people experience more joy, love and optimism; they find a way to look for the good in any situation.

Help your children to cultivate a grateful mindset, make a time to stop just before tucking them into bed at night and then have a being grateful ‘out loud’ moment together.

Talk about all the many blessings of the day, remember the small pleasures, and together appreciate those precious moments.

Everyone will sleep a little better with a bit of gratitude in their hearts!

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