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IX 1. What is the importance of teaching our children gratitude?

Teach them Gratitude: You are enjoying divine grace day in and day out. In what way are you showing gratitude to God for all that He has been doing for you? God does not expect anything from you. But you have to do your duty by expressing your gratitude. An ungrateful person is worse than a cruel animal. It is because of your parents that you have come up in life. Matru Devo bhava, pitru Devo bhava (revere your mother and father God).
Sathya Sai Baba, 2 Apr 2003
 
Gratitude to Mother: Divinity is immanent in every being. But who is responsible for this divinity within? The mother who has borne you for nine months with many difficulties and is even ready to sacrifice her life for your welfare. You owe your existence to your mother. You owe your blood, food, and head to your mother. Discharge your duties sincerely. Do not forget your mother. In the world today, there may be a wicked son, but never a wicked mother. What is the gratitude you are offering to the mother for the sacrifice made by her? She is the one who has fostered and nourished you. Mothers are responsible for the well-being of their children. They also show the spiritual path to their children.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 1998
 
The idea that one can live for oneself and that one need not worry about the wants and weaknesses of others has to be removed quite early in life, by the Baala Vikaas Gurus. Encourage the child to cultivate the pleasure of 'togetherness.' They will enjoy it; and, you will be sowing the seeds of social peace. The seeds will grow into Universal Peace and Universal Bliss.
Sathya Sai Baba, 6 Jan 1975