[callout]Every Monday, I’ll post about discovering genuine hope and authentic answers for living a healthy life.[/callout]“Thank you. I appreciate you. I’m grateful.”

These are powerful words. Very. Powerful. Impactful. Directing. Influencing. Very.

Let me suggest they’re related to our recent blog theme of building children’s confidence. Absolutely.

Think about how you feel when you hear “thank you.” Or, maybe someone tells you they appreciate you or they’re grateful for you and something you’ve done. I bet your heart smiles. I bet you can feel energy to continue doing what you’re doing flooding your body.

It’s not always necessary to critique how well children do something in order to build their confidence. Sometimes it’s good enough – and even better – to just thank them for doing it.

If it’s essential for children to know how well you think they did something, tell them. But, when it’s not necessary, don’t. Just be glad they did it and make sure to affirm them. Expressing your gratitude when they get started rather than just when they’re finished is even more beneficial. It reinforces their first decisions that are right.

Gratitude expressed is a beautiful thing. It’s energizing. Life-giving. Encouraging. Unifying. Growing. Strengthening.

When we choose to be grateful, we’ll be more positive and optimistic. We’ll think the best of our children. We’ll look for what they did and we’ll let little things go.

Gratitude is a choice. Choose it today. And tomorrow. And the day after that. Watch how your children respond. I bet that will motivate you to continue expressing your thankfulness.