Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays for several reasons. First, it is the chance to gather with friends and family for a festive meal. It begins the traditional holiday season. And finally, it presents a wonderful opportunity to teach young children the concept of gratitude. Little ones are egocentric by nature. Their needs and desires take center stage in their world, often with little thought about others in their lives. Thanksgiving is the natural time to help your child understand how others help him and become grateful for the wonderful people and things in his life. This is a process, though, and starting early is the key. With repeated exposure to the concept of gratitude, your little one will learn the importance of recognizing and appreciating the many gifts in his life. The following ideas are suggestions for ways to help your child grasp the meaning of being thankful.