Monday, November 25, 2013

Teaching Gratitude

It's Thanksgiving week! Can you believe that the holidays are here? I won't stress you out by telling you how many days there are until Christmas. Although many are ready to jump ahead to Christmas time, I think that Thanksgiving is an important holiday to spend with your family. This holiday and this week is a great opportunity to reinforce lessons of gratitude. Especially right before the season that is all about getting gifts. Teaching our children that what they have is enough, is an important lesson. It's nice to remind your family about the things and people in their lives that they are thankful for. Here are a few fun and creative ways to teach gratitude.

Thankful Tree: Last year we shared the idea of the thankful tree. This is still a great and makes for a beautiful centerpiece for your family table. Each family member can add a "leaf" with things they are thankful for. You can do this every night up until Thanksgiving, or if you are hosting a big Thanksgiving meal, leave a blank leaf at her place setting so everyone can leave their gratitude. You will start with a bare tree and soon have it filled with color and blessings.

Mason Jar Thankful Time Capsule:  There is a good chance that you will be heading outside to play a little football, while you are out there it would be a great time to start a new tradition. Have each person write on a piece of paper and place it inside a mason jar. Seal it up and bury it somewhere in your backyard. Each year you can dig it up read your blessings from the year before and add new ones each year.

Gratitude Photo Hunt: Kids love to take photos. Children's digital cameras are pretty cheap, and disposable cameras are even cheaper. As a fun game, give your children a camera and have them take photos of things they are thankful for. Anything from people, flowers, pets, and their home. After they are done you can print the pictures and make a photo collage and hang it up. This is a great daily visual reminder of things they are grateful for.

How do you teach gratitude? 
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1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of the thankful tree. We are thanking for all the blessings that we have, and at the same time, we can have a lovely decoration in our home.


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