Teaching my children to be thankful is difficult,
“You ALWAYS have something to be thankful for”…
this is something I tell my kids every single day. I sound like a broken record. Are you saying the same thing? Do you wish your children would stop asking for more, more, more and just be happy with what they have? I sure do, but I also remember what it was like to be a kid and always wanting more and always wanting what my friends had. I try to not get too frustrated with them since I was the same way and even as adults we struggle with wanting more and what our friends have.
November is the month that is advertised as the month to be thankful since it coincides with Thanksgiving. Well, I decided when Emily was 5, we needed to talk about being thankful more than just in a dedicated month and then periodically throughout the year. I started a “Thankful” board for her and everyday she writes what she is thankful for. Since she couldn’t yet spell very well she would draw pictures and on the back I would write her words of thankfulness.
I keep our thankful board along with two jars on my entryway table. One jar has the paper scraps to write the thankful and the other jar we drop the thankfuls into. Then, I rotate them out and pin new and old thankfuls on the board. It is neat to see your childs thinking evovle.
My board is in a main area of our home so the board is seen through out the day. Put your board somewhere where it will be a reminder to everyone to stay thankful.
a framed padded bulletin board ( I got mine at Home Goods, one of my favorite stores!)
scrapbook paper cut into small squares
2 jars (1 small, 1 large)
paper to write “Thankful”
push pins ( I used sewing pins)
How do you teach your children gratitude?
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