Teach your kids to be grateful for a gift—even if they aren’t

A child who sulks after unwrapping a pair of socks isn’t spoiled—that’s just how a young brain works. But parents can still help children develop graciousness and gratitude.

A few weeks ago, I asked my four-year-old what he should do when he receives a gift.

“Say ‘thank you,’” he replied.

“And what should you do if you receive a gift you don’t like?” I asked.

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