So, the hubby is still hobbling around on crutches and we’re still waiting for test results to determine if surgery is needed to fix his foot. In the meantime, life has returned to a sense of normalcy. Graduation plans are underway for our oldest, who is finishing up the last of her classes despite a […]
The last present was deposited into her chubby little arms. Her lips puckered pensively, trying to figure out where to open the package first. With one swift pull she ripped paper down the side. And there it was. A beautiful toy, shiny in all it’s newness.
She stared briefly up at us, back down to her new toy, and then this word……...More?
I was baffled. The child had everything her little heart could want. Piled around her were toys, clothes, coloring books and videos.
When she realized that “more” was not forthcoming she expressed herself as any child wanting more, does. She leaned back and pitched an absolute fit! Tears, snot, arms and legs were flying everywhere. It was not a pretty site. (Excerpt From “Simplifying Christmas: 4 Tips To Simple Giving.”)
After that year we decided a new strategy was in order. Not only in our gift giving but in the lessons we were (or were not) teaching our daughter. While a fit at two years old is never pretty, I certainly did not want to imagine the same fit at 12.
But it’s not just about teaching our children to be thankful at Thanksgiving time or grateful at Christmas time. It’s about teaching and instilling a spirit of Thankfulness all year long.
So how do we practically do that?
- Model Thankfulness – If we want our children to be thankful then we must model thankfulness. Find opportunities throughout the day and week to express things YOU are thankful for. It doesn’t have to be big things, even the smallest expression of thankfulness can be powerful.
- Give Opportunities to Express Thankfulness – Give your children opportunities to express thankfulness. We do this in several ways:
- Taking turns around the table to share one thing we are thankful for from our day.
- While riding in the car asking them to share one thing they are thankful for from their day at school/co-op – Maybe a project went well or a friend encouraged them in some way.
- Asking them WHO they are thankful for and why – this helps take the focus off themselves and helps them begin to think of others and the world around them.
- Serve Others- Sometimes the greatest lessons in thankfulness is serving others. Something powerful happens when we teach our children to look past themselves and care for those around them, especially those who are going through a difficult or challenging season. Here are some things we have done as a family:
- Make a meal for a family or individual walking through a difficult time and delivering it to their home.
- Volunteer at your local soup kitchen or food pantry.
There are many ways to help instill thankfulness in our children but ultimately it comes down to us as parents and caregivers. We must lead the way consistently by modeling, giving opportunities and teaching our children to serve others around them.
As we gather this week around the table, let’s commit to making Thanksgiving more than one day on the calendar. Let’s commit to making it an every day celebration of Thankfulness.
Now it’s your turn – What is One thing you are thankful for? Why?
WELCOME! I am so glad you are here. Every Wednesday I will be sharing (1) tip to help inspire you to lead a simpler life. It won’t be anything hard or something I haven’t tried myself. Living a simple life is a conscious choice made up of small steps every day. So here is our small step for today.
Week #14 – Go for a Slushy
This weeks simple tip is a result of something that happened with my girls yesterday. As many of you know, this past week we relocated our family. It’s been a busy week getting everything cleaned, sorted, packed and moved. The girls have done a great job of jumping in and lending a hand wherever it was needed without complaint.
Yesterday evening, as I was sitting on the back patio, I thought it was time for an impromptu treat. Why? Because it’s fun and because that big and small things in our lives should be celebrated, even if it’s just with a slushy. Read more
THE RECIPE INGREDIENTS: 2 Tbsp. Yeast 1 Tbsp. Salt 1/2 Cup Sugar 1/2 Cup Shortening 1 Egg 10 Cups Whole Wheat/White Flour INSTRUCTIONS: Mix 1/4 cup sugar, yeast and 2 cups warm water. Cover and set aside for yeast to activate and rise. Mix 1/4 cup Sugar, Salt and Shortening with 2 cups hot water. […]