Sweet Little Boy Weeps When He Sees His Birthday Gifts
Cailyn Finkel 12/11/2018
Most parents know the internal struggle that comes with every birthday, Christmas and present-giving holiday. You buy pricey gifts for your little ones, only to have them disregard the toy seconds later - or worse - they focus on the nifty box instead of the expensive gadget inside.
But when Mom and Dad surprised their son with a mountain of birthday presents, neither were expecting him to have such a powerful response. You could see the gratitude on his sweet, pudgy little face as he took in the excitement of his birthday gifts.
Clearly, this little boy appreciates every single toy headed his way!
Today's Parent explains that appreciation is a skill developed over time. You can't expect children to jump and down each time they receive a present - but you can expect them to act respectfully. The site says that there are some surefire ways to teach your children appreciation over the years.
"Most parents work at teaching their kids basic manners - saying thank you and excuse me - and that's a great place to start in building a foundation of appreciation.
Sharing is also a good intro to appreciation. While our tendency is to turn cartwheels when our kids share willingly, [parenting educator Barbara Coloroso] explains that it's more important to make kids aware of the impact they've had, than to shower them with praise. So instead of saying, 'I'm so proud of you for sharing that doll with your sister,' say, 'Thank you for sharing that doll. Look how happy your sister is to play with that.' Thank them for sharing a cracker with you. Tell them you were really hungry and now you feel much better. By stroking the deed instead of the child, you'll help him understand the impact of his actions, she says.
What kids are taught about behavior and consumption becomes increasingly important once kids become aware of all the stuff that's out in the world, through commercials, shopping and exposure to what other kids have and do."
Instead of praising your child for sharing, praise them for making someone else happy. Understanding how they make the world a better place by their kindness is one super helpful way to teach gratitude.
Fortunately, this family doesn't have to worry about that with their little boy. He's so grateful for his birthday presents that he breaks down in tears upon seeing them. This birthday was going to be the best one ever - and it was all because of Mom and Dad's determination to make it so.
We can tell this sweet little boy will be a shining example of love, happiness and real appreciation in the future. His parents have raised him well!