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November is here and with it comes a feeling of gratitude for many. As we prepare for Thanksgiving, our hearts are turned to the many blessings, big and small in our lives.
Over the last year, Mark and I have noticed that our children seem to struggle in giving thanks. Many prayers are said asking for blessings, but the gratitude is minimal. This month, with my Thankful Grateful Blessed tee from Cents of Style, I’m putting a plan in place to focus more on showing my own gratitude while encouraging the kids to ponder more on their own blessings.
So for the month of November, and hopefully longer, I plan on sending my kids off to the bus stop not with a “Have a good day”, but rather with a “What are you thankful for today?”. Then on their return, instead of asking “How was your day?” I will focus on the good. “What was the best part of your day?”
You see when we focus on the good, and remember to look at the positives from our day, it naturally reminds us what we have been blessed with. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the frustrations and the ‘what went wrong’ moments of our day. As the parent, though, I have a duty to help remind my children that those moments are just that – a moment in time. The bad will pass unless we choose to hold on to it. The good however will last much longer as we embrace it and seek it out.
My sister in law uses the phrase “Sweet and Sour”. At the end of the day she’ll ask her kids what the sweet part of their day was, and what the sour part was. I love this idea! I know it’s not realistic to pretend that the sour never happens. So giving our kids a chance to talk about both the good and bad is brilliant. It also offers us as parents the chance to help them focus on those sweet parts, and turn the sour around.
These are just a few of my thankful grateful blessed moments from the past month.
Thankful for my family. My parents, my siblings, my cousins, my aunts and uncles, my husband and my children.
Grateful for a job, a house, and food in the pantry.
Blessed because no matter what has happened, I have always always had family, friends, food and shelter. My basic necessities have always been met.