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25 Days of Being Grateful Countdown
I wanted to make a BE GRATEFUL calendar for our children and I wanted to share it with you. More than anything else, I want our children to be kind, caring and grateful. I don’t want them to forget to work hard and be thankful. Simple reminders, like this calendar, will guide them in the right direction.
Here are a few other ways to raise children to be un-spoiled and grateful:
(1) Be an example. Let your children see you when you tell your husband “thank you for filling up the van”. Let your children hear you when you tell your child’s teacher “Thank you for being a great teacher.” Let your children feel when you hug them when they have done something kind.
(2) Remind your children to write out Thank You Notes.
(3) Tell them stories about times when you helped someone else. Kids love to hear things like this and it’s important for us to be a great example, even when they aren’t watching.
(4) Start the tradition of saying what you are thankful for and continue it throughout the year. Every night at dinner or bedtime, say what you are thankful for. I pray with each child at night and I always start by giving thanks for specific things. I say my prayers out loud, so our children can hear.
(5) LOOK at your child when talking to them! Let your child know that you see them and hear them. Let them know when you are proud of them. They will begin to do the same.
Something as simple as teaching kids to say “please” and “thank you” is key! Simple and effective.
Take this calendar one day at a time and do these things with your children. You are welcome todownload it here
Remember to always teach your kids truth about being fulfilled and having enough. My friend, Kristen from WeAreThatFamily says it well “We were created for the eternal. This life isn’t the end. All our striving and obtaining and we all end up leaving this world with the same thing: nothing. We are eternal beings, created for eternity. So, the temporary things of this world–that feel good and are fun are temporary. They will not last. Kids also don’t have the perspective of hindsight. Everything here and now feels life forever. They need us to gently remind them that this world will never quench the hunger we were born with.”