It seems like this time of year everyone is in a thankful mood. For a brief period of time, we all take the time to be thankful for how truly blessed we are. For the simple things and for the big things.
The entire month of November is full of blog posts and Facebook updates about things people are thankful for, leading up to Thanksgiving. Unfortunately the gratitude attitude doesn’t last very long. The very day after Thanksgiving, and sometimes even on the day, we are out shopping, pushing, shoving, and exhibiting a “give me” attitude.
The time of year when we are trying to instill thankfulness and gratitude in our children, our kids are bombarded with commercials for things that they now NEED even though a week before they had never heard of them.
Being thankful should not be limited to a month or season, but we seem to put a big emphasis on it this time of year. No matter how hard things seem, there is always something to be thankful for. Some days the only thing you think you can be thankful for might be waking up – but it is something.
Our family has had a very hard year, and lately I have noticed that AJ isn’t thankful for the many blessings that we do have. She seems to only focus on the things that she can’t have and the things she can’t do. We have been talking a lot about needs and wants…..something she knows but doesn’t always think about. We have also taken time each week to learn about how people in other parts of the world – and even in our own country – live. My hope is that the more she learns about how a lot of kids have to go to bed hungry, or go without jackets in the cold, that maybe she will learn to be thankful for the many blessings we have.
This year we will be focusing on having a gratitude attitude and being thankful for the small things in life. Throughout the month of November, I plan to have my little girl fill out this thankfulness notebooking page that I made in an effort to get her back in a thankful mood.
You can download your free copy by clicking on this link.