How do you teach a two year old to be grateful? Is it just a two year old thing??? We give our daughter all that she needs. And sometimes more. We have been effected by this horrible economy but we are living OK. I have no complaints. Well I do, I am human, but I have a nice apartment, food on the table and clothes on our back. My husband and I have jobs that pay the bills and I am lucky enough to go back to school and get a grant to pay for it all. So I am very grateful for those things, sometimes I don't show it, but I am. Now how do I teach my daughter to be thankful for what she has?
We went to the mall the other day and I usually don't have enough cash on me to go on the train. Well when we went the other day I had just enough $8. The train cost $6 so I put her on the little merry go round for a buck. Well when we were walking to get to the train we passed this jumpy thing. You know the one where they put you in a harness and you jump. Well shes done it twice before and loves it. It was $7. So do I pay $7 for the jumpy thing, where she barely even jumps for five minutes or pay $6 to go on the train. I choose the train. Well Zoe was happy about the train but then threw a whiny fit because she couldn't go on the jumpy thing.
That then started a talk about how she should be grateful that we could go on at least one of those things. I told her repeatedly that I did not have enough money to do the two of them and usually she understands but lately if its not her way its no way. If she doesn't get the toy she wants then all hell breaks lose and if I am with my mom ten to one she will get the toy because my mom is with us. So that brings me back to how do I get my two year old to see how lucky she is? How do I teach her that life lesson? I've asked people at work and no answer. So does anyone have a good way on here to teach their kid how to be grateful for the little things in life? Or do I just have to wait until she is a little bit older?