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November 12th, 2012 at 9:51 am

Showing Gratitude

If your Facebook wall is anything like mine you have friends posting each day everything they are grateful for. A lot of them are the old standbys – spouse, parents, kids, home, and so on…

I would like to see people really delve into the specifics of what they are grateful for. The neighbor who raked your leaves. The friend who gave you that hug when you so needed it. The cashier who went out of their way to help you lift your packs of water and soda from the bottom of your cart.

This month, I am trying to teach my kids that small acts can make a difference and that you should be recognizing them. This month, I haven’t been posting on Facebook, although I have been expressing a grateful heart. This month I have committed to helping develop my children to have more grateful hearts.

The other day, while in school drop off line, another person waved us in ahead of them. I took that opportunity to tell my kids that that was an extra kind act. I told them that they could have made us wait, but took that time to spend waiting themselves.

A couple of weeks ago, while in the line at Starbucks, I arrived at the window to pay. I was having a rough day and stopped for some coffee before dropping the boys off at school. When I pulled up, the girl handed me my coffee and said the car ahead of me had taken car of it for me. I was confused for a minute… and then drove off. My oldest asked why I didn’t pay and I told him that the car had paid for us. Then I took the time to tell him how it made me feel. It definitely turned my day around and had me thinking about how I could pay it forward.

Gratefulness is something that shouldn’t only happen in November, a small thank you or gesture should happen all year long. Take some time while you focus on your blessings this month to teach your children to constantly show gratefulness.

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

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