Instilling Gratitude in Children

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: How do you teach your children to be grateful for the things they have?
Air Date: 11/13/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
dr cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Instilling Gratitude in Children
Whether it's sneaking a snack before dinner, refusing to finish up a video game or whining all the way to the mall, misbehaving is an inevitable part of childhood.

It's no secret that effective parenting involves knowing how to respond when kids act up, and knowing how to steer clear of meltdown situations.

It also means setting limits so kids know when they are crossing the line between acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

All of this is great advice when it comes to behavior.

But what about gratitude?

How do you instill good values in your child so that they develop an appreciation for their health, life and family?

With the holidays nearing, it may be time to teach your children the value of all that you have.

In this segment of Healthy Children, Dr. Corinn Cross shares important parenting advice on teaching your children the value of gratitude.
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