Schools love to focus on being thankful in the month of November. At HPPDS, hallways are adorned with children's dictations and illustrations of gratitude, verses from the Bible focus on giving thanks and we just wrapped up a book fair themed "We are Thankful for Books!" Of course, this is not a bad thing. In fact, it should inspire us to extend our gratitude beyond Thanksgiving.
Instilling a sense of gratitude in our children will set them up for greater levels of optimism and happiness, and more importantly, an opening to deepen their relationship with the Lord. It's not always easy to feel "thankful," particularly in the midst of hardship. Even as adults, we struggle to give thanks to the Lord in all circumstances, although that is precisely what we are called to do. If you've read Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts, you know developing gratitude takes intentional practice. So how can we nurture this in our little ones? One way is through a combination of parent modeling of gratitude and prompting your child identify everyday blessings. Here are some sample ideas for modeling and prompting:
- What is something you love about fall? I am really thankful for the way the air gets cooler!
- I was so thankful for the way a neighbor helped me carry in groceries today. Are you thankful for anyone's help today?
- I am so thankful for God's beautiful plants and flowers. They make feel happy and peaceful. What do you love about our beautiful world?
- I can think of so many blue things for which I am thankful! The ocean because I love to swim. The sky because I love to look at the clouds. Can you think of something blue for which you are thankful?
- I am thankful for soft music because it makes me feel calm. What do you love about music?
- What made you happy today? I am so thankful for the special time I get to spend with you today!
Please join us in giving thanks to God at our Thanksgiving Sanctuary Service on November 21st. Details here.
With gratitude for all of you,