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November 7th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Teaching your Children to be Thankful

Earlier this week my oldest, Ian, and I had a discussion about what comes after Halloween. I asked him which holiday comes next and he responded, “That one where we eat chicken at the big table at Grandma’s?”

Cute, yes, but I reminded him that it was called Thanksgiving and told him that it was about thinking what things we are glad for in our lives. I really think Thanksgiving gets smushed out between Christmas and Halloween. This week we are already attending our towns Holiday Parade which makes the Holiday season all too soon!

I decided that we needed to focus a little more on what we are thankful for. Personally, I have posted a statement of my thankfulness every day on Facebook. We really needed a project for the kids to share their Thankfulness. Which gave way to the Ross Turkey – Joe. Like the name? Ian thought that was the most appropriate.

Everyday we write and attach a new feather and plan on doing this until Thanksgiving. It’s become a fun morning activity and a discussion piece for us all.

I wanted to share some other ways that you can use to teach your children to be thankful courtesy of Pinterest. I started a Sharing Thanks board with different ideas to record what you are thankful for.

I’ve also come across some other ideas that my family may use to highlight our blessings throughout the year.

Giving Thanks Placemats – Create a collage filled with drawings and pictures of all the things you are thankful for. Laminate and use all year long!

Thankful Paper Chain – Write what you are thankful for on strips of paper and make a chain that you can string across a room, hang from the ceiling or even decorate a tree with.

Thankful Book - Create a scrapbook with pictures and notes containing things you are thankful for all year long. Add stories, favorite items, and anything else that makes you happy. When you or your kids are having a bad day, what a great treasure this would be to look through. It’s a great reminder of all the blessings in your life and what you truly can be thankful for!

What are you thankful for?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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