Thursday, October 6, 2011

We Are Thankful For...

"Do you know what it means to be thankful?" I asked. Jackson shook his head no and continued dressing up as a knight. I continued, "Well, it means that we are happy for things. That we appreciate having things. For instance, I am thankful for you, and your brother, and for your Daddy. I'm thankful that I get to stay at home with you guys".
It was the best way I knew to explain to a 4 year old and a 2 1/2 year old what it means to be thankful.


Thankfulness is something I want to instill in my children. And to be perfectly honest, it's something that I need to work on myself.
Every day we are going to name one thing we are thankful for. I will write it down, and it will go in this jar. On Thanksgiving Day we will read them all aloud, and remember all the little (and big) things we have to be thankful for. And then, we will start filling up the jar again.


I asked the boys what they were thankful for, hoping they had grasped the concept, if only just a little bit. After some thought, Grayson said he was happy to have his movies, and Jackson said he was thankful for his "fireman" rain boots. And me...I'm thankful for two amazing little boys that I have the honor of raising.

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13 comments:

  1. Love this idea and I think it's perfect to explain the concept of thankfulness to kids. My mom used to make a "tree" where we wrote down our thankful list.

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  2. I love this idea!!
    It is the little things that matter most!

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  3. I LOVVVEEE this idea! I am sooo copying you :)

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  4. the jar is such a great idea. my oldest is in jr. high, and i am pretty sure he has forgotten what it means to be thankful. and lets be honest i think i forget more than i should too. I am with andrea...for sure going to copy you!

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  5. Such a cool idea!!!! Its so important to begin teaching them young what it means to be thankful for what we have...shoot, even if it is rainboots :)

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  6. Love this idea!! (and ps - you have great handwriting!)

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  7. Okay, I am so doing this. Teaching thankfulness is so important. Thanks for sharing your awesome idea. :)

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  8. you are a wonderful mama.
    love this idea!!

    xo

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  9. LOVE this idea allison!! I would definitely like to do something like this with our future kiddos. fostering a thankful heart is so important!

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  10. cuuuuute idea! i might copy when november rolls around here soon!!

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