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Promoting Thankfulness the Other 364 Days

Date: November 23, 2015 Categories: Blog


Thanksgiving is a really wonderful time of year. The weather finally cools down and there’s a certain pep in everyone’s step. For many, it’s also the beginning of a reflective season, thinking about what we’re thankful for – healthy children, a family pet, employment, or maybe not having to see the in-laws this holiday season. But, what about the rest of the year?


It may seem a bit redundant, but it’s important, nonetheless. As adults, it becomes very easy to get caught up in our routines. We start and end our days making sure that everything is checked off our mental to-do list, just in time to go to bed thinking about what needs to be done tomorrow. As a parent, what kind of example could this set for your children? If we go through each day worrying about what needs to be done next, slowly but surely, odds are that our children will start picking up the same habits. What if we, as parents, started turning these” thankless” days into “thankful” days? What if we set an example of how to be thankful every day?


As wonderful and simple as this may sound, it’s harder to put into practice. First, we need to teach ourselves how to be thankful. A great way is by keeping a journal. Every day, for 3 to 4 weeks, write down three things you’re thankful for. Sounds easy, right? Well, try doing it without repeating anything twice. After the 4 weeks, try creating a new list as a family. Every day ask your kids what they’re thankful for, and write it down in a visible place in your home. Get creative and make it a family project. Now has never been a better time to start your list and then, after the holidays, start one with your family. Before you know it, the day to day won’t seem so mundane. Who knows, you might even be thankful to see your in-laws next year.