Kids learn what they live. Any time is a great time to teach kids to have a gratitude attitude. The best way to teach a gratitude attitude is to live it yourself.
Most of us, myself included, focus too much on what's wrong with our daily lives. By focusing on the good in our lives, we teach our children and grandchildren a gratitude attitude.
The ABCs of Gratitude are a great way to teach kids to be grateful for everything in life. During the month of November, many families use the alphabet to create their own ABCs of Gratitude.
Start with the letter A on the first day. Pick a blessing in your life that begins with that letter. Continue each day to choose a blessing that starts with each letter of the alphabet.
Write each blessing on paper leaves to create a gratitude tree to hang in your kitchen or dining room. Create a gratitude tablecloth to use for Thanksgiving by writing your daily blessings on a solid color tablecloth.
Each child can make their own gratitude place setting for Thanksgiving. Outline each child's hand on brown colored paper. Cut turkey feathers from red, orange, yellow and beige colored paper. Let your kids write items for which they are grateful on each feather and assemble for your Thanksgiving table.
Make a gratitude chain by cutting strips of colored paper and writing each person's blessings on the individual strips, then connect the strips to form a chain. Use these gratitude chain to decorate your Thanksgiving table and your Christmas tree.
When Thanksgiving arrives, you will have created an atmosphere of thankfulness and gratitude within your home that will help you look at life in a different way.
One of the symbols of Thanksgiving is the cornucopia, also known as the horn of plenty. Filled with vegetables and fruit, the cornucopia reminds us to be grateful for the food we eat.
A gratitude attitude is like a cornucopia of our own lives. Focusing on the blessings in life helps remind us that life is good, even when we are challenged.
At Gratefulness.org, you can find helpful ways to deal with the daily challenges you face in life. Turn grief, confusion, fear and loneliness into joy, guidance, peace and belonging.
A gratitude attitude takes time and you may find yourself slipping back into your old ways. As a gentle reminder to yourself, look at your children's baby photos and let your memories remind you of the joyful blessing of parenthood.