November is here, the month when most practice being thankful or gratitude. I believe practicing gratitude daily benefits the mind, heart, and spirit and it is never too soon to start teaching your children gratitude!!
Below is a list of my top 10 favorite ways to practice and teach gratitude as a family!
- Hand-write thank-you notes.One sentence per grade is a good rule of thumb, and be sure to send them out promptly.
- Make a gratitude jar.Fill it with short handwritten notes of gratitude (“I’m thankful we won the big game!” or, “I’m grateful Grandma came to visit.”). Pick a special time to pull out notes at random and read them aloud.
- Say thank-you with cookies/treats.Prepare and deliver a homemade “thank you” to your local heroes, could be firefighters, dentists, grocery clerks. Whoever you are feeling thankful for!
- Make it stick.Leave sticky notes for each family member to thank them for something you appreciate.
- Celebrate your year.Every birthday, make a list of things you are grateful for that year. A 5-year-old can think of five things, while a 10-year-old can manage at least 10.
- Be polite to Mr. Bear. Role-play using good manners and saying “thank you” using stuffed animals and action figures.
- Pick your top 3.At dinner or bedtime, take turns sharing the three best things about your day.
- Commit it to memory.Find and memorize thank-you prayers, songs or poems.
- Make a different kind of gift list. Write down the things (preferably handmade) your preschoolers would like to give friends and family as holiday gifts.
- Volunteer a Saturday. Think food pantry or animal shelter, and try to make it a regular commitment.