Giving Thanks & Gratitude

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to remember the importance of being grateful and giving thanks.

Try these simple ideas to show others your gratitude:

Card Making

Something as simple as making a homemade thank you card is a great way to be grateful for what you have received.

  • Make a list of specific things that your parents do for them or things your parents make them do.

For instance:

"I am thankful my parents go to work to make money so I can have food, clothes and all the basic necessities in life."

or

"I am thankful my parents make me clean my room because they want me to live in a healthy environment and learn responsibility."

  • After you have created a list of things you are thankful your parents do for you, choose a few phrases and write them in a thank you card.

Brainstorming Ideas:

  • I am thankful my parents make me do the dishes because that means we have food to survive.
  • I am thankful my parents make me take care of my dog because that means my dog is happy.
  • I am thankful my parents have a job because that means we have money to survive.

 Read A Story

Sometimes reading a story can have a profound impact on how you view something. Choose any of the following books so you can see the significance of being grateful. Books are a great way to open up the lines of communication and discuss this subject matter further.

Book Ideas: Check out my list of Giving Thanks & Gratitude!

Writing: A Gratitude Jar

What you'll need:

  • Small pieces of paper
  • A mason or similar jar (we purchased our jar for less than $10 from Storables)
  • Decorative materials (we used photos and fake leaves)
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush to apply Mod Podge

Being Thankful.

  • Every day in November, write grateful moments on a piece of paper. It could be a drawing or something you're thankful for.
  • Place those small pieces of paper in the jar.
  • Decorate the jar in any way you choose – maybe with photos,  souvenirs from times spent together as a family, maybe art supplies will do the trick.
  • Then, come Thanksgiving Day, open the jar and read each gratitude moment.

Come up with your own ideas!

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