[Confetti gun from her stocking]
Overheard one morning:
Ken: "Katrina, stop eating everyone's candy!"
Katrina: "It's just mine!"
Ken: "No it's not- you already ate yours."
Katrina: "No, I ate Tal's."
My name is Jenni from The Good Long Road.
I am a mom of 2 boys nicknamed Wild Thing (3 yo) and Caterpillar (15 months) on
the blog because of their favorite books. This month we are focusing on
gratitude. This is how:
In November, inspired by the 21 Days of Gratitude Family Challenge (started by
Inspired by Family Magazine), I decided to concentrate on a daily gratitude
practice for Wild Thing. We do this by making Thank You Post Cards each day for
one person. Click here if you'd like to learn more.
Sometimes, he will mention a toy he is thankful for instead, so then we connect
that toy to the person who gave him the toy and make the post card for them. He
loves decorating the blank post cards (that are pre-stamped, which we got from
the Post Office). He learns gratitude and some early reading/literacy skills as
well. Win. Win.
As a family, we also started focusing more this month on Family Dinners -
completely unplugged. These meals offer opportunities for gratitude for the
goodness we have in our lives and remind us to be thankful for one another.
Finally, modeling for our children might be the most effective way to teach
them to be thankful. I try to take note of my own behavior. Am I
thankful/appreciative toward others on a daily basis? Do I thank my husband for
all that he does for our family? Do I thank the boys when they listen, clean
up, help out? Teaching thankfulness begins with being thankful.
How do YOU teach your children to be thankful?
Do you have any tips or advice?
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