Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the time to express gratitude for the blessings of the past year.  How do you go about helping children to understand that same concept of being grateful?

Following these tips may help your child to see and feel the concepts of gratitude:

1.Show gratitude in everything all year including being grateful for your children. Make it so much a part of who you are that it shines as the best example for children on what gratitude means. Some days it may not be easy to feel grateful especially when things are not going so well. Lack of money, a flat tire, over sleeping the alarm, or any number of inconveniences make us agitated rather than grateful. Stopping to find one thing in the mess of a situation  and to be thankful for  it will demonstrate to children that life is never that bad.

2. Be generous to others. Have kids gather outgrown clothing or unused toys to donate to a shelter. Let kids pick a few items to donate to the food pantry. Blessing others always leads to being blessed and there is no better way than to include children in your family giving.

3. Celebrate Thanksgiving at other times of the year. Celebrate birthdays and other special occasions all year with gratitude. 

4. Read books to your child about early pioneers and pilgrims, Native Americans and the discovery of America. Remind children through books, conversations, mini-field trips, current news stories, and other media just what freedom means and where the concept of The First Thanksgiving originated from.

5. Express joy daily. Kids learn from example and experiences. Parents who express gratitude and thankfulness in every area of life will have children who are thankful and joyful.

6. Start a gratitude journal with your children. Begin this holiday season or start it for 2011. Have family members write down one or two things that they are grateful for. You can do this weekly, monthly, or even daily as part of a new tradition. It gives a tangible look at your family blessings.

 We celebrate Thanksgiving and offer many blessings for the readers and visitors to this blog.  You give us much to be grateful for and we appreciate the time you spend here. Happy Thanksgiving.

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