So, let’s dumb it down for today. What if we just took Thanksgiving and had a simple goal – could we get our kids to say thanks?
As, they grow and mature and develop – they are MANY layers of gratitude. We can get there. Let’s start simple.
“This month? It’s Thanksgiving! Has anyone been learning about that at school? How did it start? Why did it become a holiday? What was the point? What should we thank God for? Is there anyone you can think of that we should thank as a family?”
Let’s make it a goal this month as family.
- Give thanks to God
- Say “Thank You” to someone in your life
And by practicing, we might just become a grateful little family. Saying thanks might not become the nasally “thhhaaannnkkk yooouuuu” that we force them to say at the restaurants. It might just creep out of their hearts unprompted. If we ask more questions vs give lectures – we might just see we actually have sweet and grateful kids already. We just need to listen to them.
I am all about easy, simple, use-what-you-have art. I am walking in freedom! I don’t need to be a graphic designer or interior designer mom. This is how we roll. Elementary style.
I tossed construction paper on the floor and simply asked – what are we thankful for family. And through bad breath and with Halloween candy under our feet – the list starting pouring out.
Ella – Texas, teachers, friends (Thank you Lord said the momma who prayed for a great transition)
Larson – Candy, Sutton, God who died on the cross (Than you Lord said the mom who wondered if I had pounded her faith and she confirmed it’s in there on her own)
Let’s keep it simple. Don’t spend more time stressing on how cute it looks when our kids truly don’t care. They just want to be with us – let Ikea prove that to you.
I loved that Larson said, “Put this. Mom, I am thankful for doing this.”
The power of a THANK YOU.
This video came out last year and I watch it often. It makes me cry a good cry. A reminder of the power of our words. Who has impacted your life that might need a heartfelt thank you from your family? Watch this video and grab your tissues.
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