It would be wonderful if these simple steps would encourage children to look for opportunities to thank and encourage those who regularly help us and minister to others at work, home and at church. It might serve as a reminder to all of us to take a moment to encourage and thank others.
2. Encourage those children who do say ‘thank you’. This is something that happens easily while children are young. ‘What lovely manners!” “I heard Susie and Jason saying ‘thank you’. Nice to hear!”Consciously, watch for older kids, too, who say ‘thank you’ and comment approvingly of this behaviour.
3. Regularly encourage kids to look for those who serve others, and to thank them. It’s wonderful to set aside a special day of thankfulness and thanksgiving. It’s really helpful to present a lesson on gratitude and thanksgiving. But don’t leave it until those occasions to encourage kids to regularly look for others who, quietly and without fuss, are helping us.
‘……Their greed is brief; their joy is long.
Make a point of thanking volunteers. Watch for opportunities to do so. Don’t wait until the end of the term or the year. Involve the kids, too. For example, We have someone with us today who always stays behind to wipe down our tables. Do you know who does that for us? Let’s bring him/her up the front and say thank you.