As we are in the thick of November, we are reminded to be grateful for all that we have. But, sometimes it’s hard to get kids to realize how blessed they are when they are younger. And with Santa Claus coming right around the corner, it can be hard to get them excited for Thanksgiving at all. Today we will walk you through some ways that you can help your kids be more thankful this Thanksgiving.
Start A New Tradition
Maybe you can start a tradition this Thanksgiving season of writing a thankful list. Have you kids sit down with you and your spouse, before Thanksgiving dinner, and ask them to write down what they are thankful for. You can even share Mommy and Daddy’s list with them to help get them started. This tradition could turn into something they look forward to for years to come.
Sign Up To Volunteer
During the holiday season, there is no shortage of opportunities and ways to volunteer to help your community. Maybe have your kids gather up their toys and clothes they no longer use and take them to Goodwill. Ring the bell for the Salvation Army with them by your side. Or, if they are older, ask them where they would like to volunteer and go there to serve for a day. This can help your kids to realize that many people right around them have less than they do.
Make It A Game
Every time your family says a particular phrase, goes to bed each night, or passes a certain house, make a game out of saying what you are thankful for. You can make it, so you have to say the first thing that comes into your head, and I am sure you’ll laugh at the responses.
Create Distinctions Between Want And Need
Start teaching your kids this crucial difference during the holiday season. When many kids are demanding more toys and more things, practice asking them if they want and need that item when they ask for it. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get them that toy or presents, but, it will be a good reminder to them about what they can live without. It will help them to recognize what is more important to them as well, and they might even be more cautious before they ask.
Be The Example
Don’t just tell your kids they should be more grateful, live it out for them to see. Regularly say thank you to those around you, talk about the things you are thankful for, talk out loud about if you want or need something you are purchasing. Kids want to be like their parents. If they see you doing something, there is a good chance they will emulate it. Set an example today that will carry over for years to come.
There are so many ways to help your kids start to be more thankful leading up to Thanksgiving. I hope that these tips can inspire you!
For tips on how you can be more grateful this holiday season, check out our article here.