Give Thanks With Your Children
When my older daughter, Marissa, was four, we started writing in a gratitude journal. Every night before bed, we'd talk about the day and all the things for which we were thankful. I would write down, word for word, what she said and she would often draw a picture to go along with it. Then, I'd add my own entry, too. Here are some examples of what she had to say:
- I'm thankful for Daddy letting me dig outside with him.
- I am thankful for when Mommy let me go with Grandpa on a walk and I fed almost a million ducks and birds.
- I am thankful for when my sister plays with me and goes in the bath with me.
- I am thankful for when my family goes in the pool with me.
- I am thankful for when Daddy, Mommy, and Grandma read stories to me.
I noticed that in the entire three months, there were very few times she wrote about her “stuff.” She wrote about being thankful for some of her special stuffed animals, but most of the time, she expressed gratitude for the time she spent with family.
Expressing gratitude is a great practice to start when children are young. We also write thank you cards and discuss daily gratitude around the dinner table.
I once heard Marie Forleo say that gratitude “changes you on a cellular level and is the most important path to spirituality.”
So, how about you? Do you have any rituals in your family that you use to show gratitude? Let us know in the comments below.
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