Recently, I read a blog post from a mom who decided that it was a waste of time and effort to have her child write thank-you notes. Every time she asked her child to write the notes, her child would fight it. The child didn’t want to do it.
I have compiled a list of 100 total ways for kids to practice gratitude and compassion so they can be a blessing to others and experience more joy in their lives.
As parents, it can be frustrating when our kids show attitudes of ungratefulness. We want them to express appreciation for the things they have and not complain about what they don’t have. It can be upsetting and even embarrassing when our kids are ungrateful.
Do you want your beginning writer to write their own thank you notes but aren’t sure if they would be up to the task of writing a lot of different notes?
Wallets in hand, our five-year-old twins walked up to the counter where right behind it, Lumiere and the enchanted dishes were dancing to the music of Be Our Guest. The girls gently placed their sweet treasures on top of the counter as we approached.
Last year, our son, Kellan, received a handmade thank-you note from one of his friends for a birthday gift he’d given him. This card, created by a seven-year-old child was one of the sweetest little thank you notes I’d ever seen. The detailed drawing and note it included expressed clear appreciation for the gift and the friendship that the boys shared.
One of the things that I’ve tried to consistently do with the children on a daily basis for the last several years is to give thanks to the Lord for something when we pray. It has now naturally become a part of our prayers and when the kids say their own prayers they almost always give thanks for something.
And I am so thankful when they are thankful! 🙂
How have you been doing writing in your Gratitude Journal? Has you been keeping up with it? Has it been helpful to you?
In addition to writing in my gratitude journal this month I’ve been trying to focus on the things that I am thankful for as I go throughout my day. If my mind starts to wander into the land of “things would be better if……” I am trying to consciously turn my thoughts onto what amazing things the Lord has blessed me with in order to avoid that negative downward spiral of thought which often results in a grumpy attitude.
In April of 2008 my sister Kim would only be with us for 6 more months. We didn’t know it at the time, but in October she would very unexpectedly pass away.
That April, though, she was here and celebrating our son’s baptism with us. She was one of his sponsors and honored the occasion by gifting him a beautiful sterling silver rattle from Tiffany & Co. The Tiffany & Co.
As part of our focus on gratitude, the children and I read The Blessings Jar: A Story About Being Thankful by Colleen Coble.
In this story, Punky Grace begins her day feeling very grumpy because things aren’t turning out the way she hoped they would.
Up until a couple of years ago I didn’t really understand the importance of memorizing Scripture. I had done it in the past but honestly, it was mostly because someone had asked me to and not because it was something I personally wanted to do. I figured that those verses were just an arm’s reach away so if I ever needed to refer to God’s Word I could just grab my trusty Bible and begin reading. Sounds reasonable enough, right?
When you think of an ungrateful child what do you think of?
Do you think of a child that expects things? Grumbles or throw tantrums when they can’t have what they want? Is unappreciative for what they do have? Wants more, more, more?
It’s not a pretty picture is it?