It’s easy to remember that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, but how do we keep giving thanks throughout the year. Teaching children gratitude is not an easy task.
November has been a month full of thanks, food, and family. Our Stroller Strides classes have had multiple fall theme classes. With a fun yellow work out and a turkey craft, we also have been working on a thankful tree through the weeks. Once a week in class we had both moms and kids write down what they’re thankful for.
Here are some ideas on ways to start giving thanks through the year and getting the kids involved:
* Practice random acts of kindness. From holding the door open to giving unplanned gifts to coworkers. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to brighten someone’s day.
* Get a list started early of the people you would like to thank and instead of waiting until the last minute around the holiday season, go through your list throughout the year and let that person know you’re thankful for all they do.
* Work gratitude into your daily conversation, especially with kids. When you reinforce the idea frequently it will stick. I find teaching my toddler gratitude has made me more aware of my own behavior.
With Thanksgiving getting closer and closer the idea of juggling cooking, family and entertaining my toddler is a little daunting. If you are feeling in the same boat, don’t worry we have found lots of ideas to help keep those little ones entertained.