Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A tree full of thanks

Growing up at thanksgiving before we started eating we would go around the table and say what we were thankful for. It was a tradition that I may not have fully appreciated growing up but now with a family of my own I love it and see the great lessons it can teach.

This year I have expanded the tradition making it a month long event. By doing this it has helped me so much in seeing the joy in everyday life and truly being grateful for the simple things that can easily over look.

I didn't really know what to expect from the girls, and I was unsure on how to explain to them what we were doing and why it is so important be be thankful for all that we have.

In the end I have kept the explanation to a minimum and have tried to focus more on the conversion that can it open up. Most days it is short, but it definitely has given the girls time to reflect on their day and share with us something that is important to them.

To try and ensure that the conversation really means something to them, I thought it was best for the girls to truly come up and share their own though. So I consciously do not give them any prompts on what they should say. Okay, that is not completely true the one prompt they get is that Mike and I go first and then they have their turns. Anyway after they have shared I do try and build on it, explain why what they have said is so important in our life or why it is good to be grateful for that thing or person. Or even ask them how what they said makes them feel. It has been so wonderful and we are not even half way through the month!

So far there has been time were they have just copied Mike or myself or copied each other, or sometimes you can tell they just said whatever they saw first after I asked them what they were thankful for. But I feel like that doesn't matter, they are learning and growing and I know that each year it will mean more to them! Well at least that's what I hope happens!

Highlights so far; the first night that Violet 100% came up with her own thing she was thankful for and did not just copy Mike, Rose, or myself. And then with family visiting Rose said "Uncle Eric" and went over and gave him a big hug.

I'm looking forward to seeing our tree fill with all the things we are thankful for. 

Thankfulness Tree Paper


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