Monday, May 5, 2014

Maintaining an Attitude of Gratitude Throughout the Year

"But I wanted the yellow one" was what my daughter said to the adult who handed her a prize at a birthday party. Not "thank you" or "oh wow! A bracelet!" No, it was disappointment at what she had been given. It made me want to take the bracelet and give it back with a "well, if you don't like it then let's give it to someone who will." But then that might not have been the right attitude either, huh?

I want my daughter (and my son once he's a little older) to exhibit signs of gratitude and thankfulness as a part of everyday life, or at least when they are receiving something from someone. I don't expect a thank you letter when I get her a glass of water or her falling all over herself when I pick up her fork and get her a new one. I do expect a "thanks, mom" though. And I do expect that when she gets something, even when it's not her favorite color or favorite character or favorite whatever, that she can find something to be grateful for.

I realized, right after that party, that May is 6 months after November. In little people time (mine being 4 1/2 and 15 months) that is a long time. I am sure that we talked about thankfulness and gratitude at Thanksgiving, but I am not so sure that I am deliberate about talking about those concepts after Christmas time (when I'm reminding her to be thankful for whatever the gift is that she is opening).

So, I am going to make May a time to remember to be grateful. A time to be thankful. I am looking for some good activities to work on these concepts with my kids (ones that are not autumn leaves or hand print turkeys!). As I find them and do them with my family, I will share them with you. In the meantime you can check out my pinterest page where I have pinned a few ideas.

What do you do to help your children maintain an attitude of gratitude throughout the year?

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