This year we decided gratitude had to be a focus for our family. This page is dedicated to the resources I’ve read and used to to learn all about raising grateful children. I’ve used this research to improve my own printable resources on Bounceback Parenting and definitely to help increase gratitude in our family.
Don’t let this page overwhelm you! One of the things that has delighted me is that simple actions have made a big difference. The most important change we’ve made is to increase the amount we talk about gratitude with our kids, and anyone can do that. In fact, you’ll find more than 50 conversation prompts in my Grateful Family Pack.
Scroll down to find books, articles and games that will help you raise grateful children.
I will update this page as I find more resources to add. Some links are affiliate links meaning I will receive a small portion of the sale at no extra cost to you if you purchase.
Books on Gratitude for Parents
- Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character – Plan on taking notes as you read this book. Filled with research backed strategies for increasing gratitude in kids, it’s not a quick read, but it is very informative. It helped me consider gratitude from all angles and there are examples throughout the book to help illustrate their points.
- How to Raise Kind Kids: And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain – This book is quick to read and has a ton of practical and do-able advice for raising kind kids. Chapter 12 is entitled “Cut the Complaining,” and focuses on building gratitude in families.
Books on Gratitude for Kids
- Masons Greatest Gems – a picture book that opens up conversation about building positive character strengths. You can find my review of this book here.
Gratitude Articles and Online Resources
What Parents Neglect to Teach about Gratitude – the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley
The Science of Gratitude – WNYC special narrated by Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon.
Tips on inspiring gratitude in teens – Teenagers: Are Yours More Entitled Than Grateful?