A national survey shows that 4 out of 5 parents think children are not as grateful as they should be

ANN ARBOR, me. – As we all gather around the dinner table on Thursday to thank and reflect on our blessings, parents say that right now children are just not as grateful as they should be.

That comes from a national survey by CS Mott Children’s Hospital of the University of Michigan Health’s child health.

“Gratitude isn’t something for a special occasion, and it’s not something to pull out with the Thanksgiving decoration,” said Sarah Clark, co-director of the CS Mott National Poll on Children’s Health.

Parents also shared the importance of showing gratitude to their child; 76% rate it as high priority, 22% as medium priority, and 2% as low priority.


Clark said she was surprised by what some parents of children ages 4 to 10 had to say in the survey.

“Only one in four parents says that they let their children write or make thank you cards on a regular basis. When I was young it was a must, “said Clark.

The results show that there are five main ways parents can teach their children gratitude: making “thank you” a regular phrase, talking about gratitude, doing family work, volunteering, and donating.

To take a look at the survey results and highlights, click here.

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