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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How To Teach Being Thankful

VeegMama ideas on teaching kids to be thankful

Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to focus on celebrating gratitude.  I aim to do this every day, (both with myself and my children), but step it up a bit this month in honor of the holiday that inspires thanks.  This year, I am using the timing as a way to kick off some new rituals in my house.  Here are a few ideas to get your kids thinking about what it means to be thankful.

Gratitude poster: Tape up a piece of butcher paper (a poster board, dry erase board, or chalkboard would work well too).  Give each person in the family a different color marker or piece of chalk.  Each day, have everyone write down one thing they are thankful for that day.  At the end of the month, have each person read their entries (color coded) and appreciate the gratitude in their life.

Share: Portion off a percentage of your child's weekly allowance (if they don't receive allowance, consider allocating a monthly amount for this exercise), and select one charity together as a family to donate to for the month.  The family can brainstorm and research charities together.

Family Gratitude Journal: Each night, have each person in the family dictate (while you write) or have each person write down one thing they are thankful for that day.  On New Year's Day, sit down and read the book together.  I am launching this one this New Year's Eve!

For other ideas on how to celebrate thanks and giving all year round, click here to read an earlier post on VeegMama on this topic.