Have An Attitude of Gratitude.

Tis’ the season to give and receive! Are you ready for Christmas? My Husband and I just finished the last of our Christmas shopping for our boys last night. We felt so thankful that we are able to buy nice presents for our boys. On our way home from shopping we talked about how fortunate our family is in this economy to have jobs and resources to provide for our family in such a way. And how lucky the boys are to have amazing parents like us the life they do. 🙂  We are so thankful, and we want to teach our children to grow up with an attitude of gratitude. How do we do that in this crazy, materialistic, instant gratification world that we live in? Here are some ideas I am going to try and follow this year.

1. Teach an Attitude of Gratitude by setting an example yourself.

This may seem like an easy one, but when life gets in the way, it can be tough sometimes to remember to have a thankful attitude. What does a thankful attitude look like you say? When it’s time for you and the kids to clean the house and your kids are grumbling about it, instead of being a policeman, just say “I’m thankful we have a safe and warm house to live in, let’s keep it clean and take care of it.” Be positive!

2. Teach an Attitude of Gratitude by Rewarding Thankfulness.

When your son comes up to you after you give him a present or a cookie and says “Thanks Mom!” this is a great time to reward his thankfulness. Give him a huge hug, look him straight in the eye and tell him how you love it when he shows such a thankful attitude. When we consistently rejoice in good behavior, our children will do it more often.

3. Teach an Attitude of Gratitude by Helping Your Child Give to Others.

Give your child an opportunity to experience what it feels like to give to others. When I was younger, we spent one Thanksgiving morning serving lunch at the Rescue Missionbefore going to my Grandma’s for our own turkey dinner. I am so thankful for my parents for creating that memory. It always reminds me of how fortunate I am, and also how we need

Courtesy of Operation Christmas Child

to consistently help others in need. A wonderful way to give to others is through the Samaritans Purse organization, they have a program called Operation Christmas Child. For just $7-$35 you can ship or “Build-A-Box” and let your child choose the gifts for a boy or girl, from ages 2-14. The box will be shipped to  The box comes packed with all the essentials like toothbrush, crayons, washcloth, soap, candy and more! It is so fun to watch your child pick out toys they would like and tell him that because of his giving attitude a boy on the other side of the world is going to have a wonderful Christmas.

Thankful,

Rosie

James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above…”
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    • Erin Wilkie
    • December 19, 2011
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    Some really good ideas Rosie! This is something we are consistently working on in our home as well. I will join you in using this in our home as well. Thank you!

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