Thursday, November 01, 2012

Gratitude



It’s a new month, and that means a new character trait to focus on. Gratitude is defined as:
Being thankful and showing appreciation for those in our lives and for what we have and receive.
November is an obvious time to think about Gratitude, so let’s talk about it in our homes, and practice it together as families. It’s amazing how simply practicing gratitude in everyday life can transform our thoughts and give a new perspective on our circumstances.

One simple, fun way to nurture an attitude of gratitude in our kids is to let them make thank you cards for others, not only for gifts received, but just because they are thankful for that person. Here are some fun card crafts your kids might enjoy.

As we study American history, we can think about and discuss how thankful we are for all the people who came before us and sacrificed to build this country. When we read of the hardships they endured, the risks they took, the lives that were lost and the ideas that were cultivated and spread to create our nation, it inspires a deep gratitude for those founding fathers and mothers who fought for liberty. Try listening to patriotic music with your kids, in a spirit of gratitude for the history they represent.

Last year we talked about gratitude on the blog, and offered suggestions on how to foster it in our homes - click here to read that post.

Let’s talk: What are some ways you teach and encourage gratitude in your home? Share your thoughts by commenting below and be entered into a drawing for a $10 credit to the school store! (Be sure to leave your name so we know who is eligible for the drawing.)

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3 comments:

The McCabes said...

Every time the boys and I are in the car, we always do our "Thankful Three's." We go around three times and say what we are each thankful for that day :). It's simple yet can be profound in many ways. Time and time again, my sons and their precious answers have been used to stir up deeper gratefulness in me!
-Cheryl

Anonymous said...

This year, I cut out some leaves and acorns from plain old construction paper and punched holes in one end. The blank ones sit in a jar on the counter and we are trying to daily write something we each are thankful for. I'm stringing them up on some yarn hung on the mantel so we can watch our thankfulness banner grow this month. Joy N.

SLO Classical Academy said...

These are both wonderful ideas. I love the thought that hearing what our kids are grateful for can help make us more thankful too! And creating a thankfulness banner is something you will not only enjoy this year, but how cool to save it and pull it out next year, both for the memories, and to add to it! Thank you so much, Cheryl and Joy, for sharing these great tips.