Mom’s Trick for Keeping Kids Positive During COVID-19 Is Going Viral

At the heart of the trick? Practicing gratitude.
ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
Apr 2020
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Staying positive during these strange and trying times can be somewhat of a challenge. Parents across the globe are trying to find ways to help their kids stay positive as the majority of people continue to shelter and stay safe at home. One mom from the U.K. came up with a bucket list trick to help her kids dream about the days after the pandemic has calmed—and it’s going viral.

“We’ve started a new thing in our house today and sharing it in case anyone else wants to try,” mom Katie Eborall wrote in her Facebook post, Every time we wish we could do something, go somewhere, treat ourselves, see someone we love, visit a new place, invite people to visit us, we’re going to write it down on a post it note and put it in a jar.”

The family aims to work their way through the jar once the COVID-19 lockdown ends with the intention of “being more grateful than ever for the little and lovely things in our lives.”

Her children Max, 4, and Evie, 2, are most excited to hug their grandparents, go swimming and celebrate birthdays with their friends, Eborall told TODAY Parents in an interview.

“When life gets back to normal we’d love to go camping and visit a few theme parks,” she told the outlet. “We’re also looking forward to going on the swings at the playground and just being able to pop into the shops.”

Eborall’s message of having taken “so much for granted” has resonated with many. Since she posted late last month, her message has been shared over 141,000 times and has 92,000 reactions. “What a lovely idea, I think we’re going to do the same. Stay safe,” one person commented on the post. Another wrote, “Great idea, I’m passing this onto my students. Hope you are [all] okay. Keep safe, healthy and positive.”

Practicing gratitude is a great way to help keep you and your loved ones positive during the lockdown. As an added bonus, it’s a skill that can also set your kids up for success later on in life. Looking to learn more about ways in which you can teach your kids how to be thankful? We’ve rounded up some tips from experts.

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