Thanksgiving is around the corner. That means it is time to be thankful and all of that good stuff. right? I mean, I try to be thankful all of the time. There is just more focus on being thankful at this time of year. As a mom, I want to raise thankful kids.
Every year, Thanksgiving puts me in check to make sure I am not raising selfish hooligans but, humble grateful gentlemen (thankful kids). While they aren’t at the bright and shinning gentlemen yet, I do think they are doing pretty well. Maybe…..That means I am doing well too. But, Neither I, nor my boys, are perfect and there is always room to improve. Here are ideas I have gotten of the Internet and ideas we promote in our household. Hopefully, we all can raise angels with a thankful heart. Truly thankful kids.
- Point out the Positive (We try really hard to dwell on what the boys have and NOT what they don’t)
- Don’t buy your kids everything they want
- Practice what you preach (ouch…..that’s a reality check for me. Am I thankful for what I have, or am I to busy thinking about what I don’t)
- Thank you cards are a great lesson (every Christmas I mean to do this but I just crash after the holidays……maybe I will do better this year)
- Give Your Child Responsibility (Aghhhh….Guilt from the not followed through chore chart)
- Start a Turkey day diary (Great Idea)…Dedicate a notebook to things that you are thankful for. Fill it with drawings, pictures, and words that you are thankful for. Add to it year after year!
- Make a Thanksgiving Tree (we did this and it is still hanging on our wall. We will take it down this year and replace it with a new one)
- Get your child volunteering in the community(we need to have a youth volunteer league….does anyone else agree?)
What do you do to help your children to be thankful? What are you doing to have thankful kids?