Podcast Episode 28: Raising Kids With Gratitude

Podcast Episode 28: Raising Kids With Gratitude

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 28 of The New Family Podcast!

The evidence is overwhelming. Grateful people—especially those who make practising gratitude an everyday habit—lead happier and more contented lives. Taking the time to express gratitude regularly boosts happiness and optimism. That said, it’s not always easy to keep gratitude front of mind. My guest for this episode is Kevin Clayson who likes to go by the moniker, chief officer of awesome. Kevin is an international professional speaker who has shared his simple formula for unlimited joy and fulfillment with everyone from elementary school students to business leaders. Kevin is also one of the founders of a very successful investment and personal development company called Strongbrook, and the father of three adorable kids. But I asked him to be here today because he’s also the author of a book called Flipping the Gratitude Switch: Four Easy Steps to Increase Your Happiness, Accelerate Your Success and Change the Trajectory of Your Life. Kevin and I chat about what it takes to raise grateful kids in an environment where they don’t want for much.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Kevin.

Kevin’s website

Video of Kevin’s kids talking about gratitude

Kevin’s Gratifuel blog and the movement

Flipping the Gratitude Switch program

New York Times article Kevin mentioned, “Choose To be Grateful: It Will Make You Happier”

Kevin’s Favourite Parenting Advice:
“Number one: Get at their level. Be eye-to-eye with them. And number two: Use the words, ‘I’m listening to you.'”

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About Brandie Weikle

Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by

'Podcast Episode 28: Raising Kids With Gratitude' have 2 comments

  1. January 5, 2016 @ 8:41 am Heli Malm

    This sure was a very amazing podcast, I liked the attitude he had when speaking about his experience with the Gratitude Switch. I have been a listener of the podcasts from the beginning and so far I have found only two podcasts that I want to listen to twice or even three times and this is one of it. The reason for listening those two for number of times is to get the advices and ideas stuck to my mind to maybe use them to my kids one day. Thank you very much!!!


    • Brandie Weikle

      January 25, 2016 @ 11:15 pm Brandie Weikle

      Thanks so much for listening, Heli. I really appreciate you being with us as a listener from the beginning and I’m so glad you found the interview with Kevin worth listening to twice!


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