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After I dropped my son off at school, I found his homework on the table. Poor kid, I thought. At bedtime, we reviewed his day. Even though he felt down about not turning in his math homework, his mood lifted when I asked what he was grateful for. He mentioned band class, his dad’s walnut pasta, and playing with our dog. He’d moved into a good frame of mind for sleep and that made me glad.

Being grateful can help a kid change his perspective and turn a bad day around. By focusing on what he does have rather than what he doesn’t, your child’s making a big shift in mindset. And gratitude for kids, it turns out, has 5 powerful benefits.

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