Gratitude is one of the best lessons children will ever learn. Make it fun by creating a gratitude journal. Take three pieces of printer paper, fold them in half and staple twice in the fold. Now you have a simple book. Divide the pages so that every family member can contribute or make individual books so each family member has their own. Start writing today, along with your text draw pictures that describe your experience. You may notice that the more you write and draw, the better you feel because these items remind you of positive experiences and what is really important.
As you write consider the details. Did someone open a door for you or help you carry something? Perhaps someone made something for you to eat or let you borrow a book. Write it in your journal. Mention names, places, and dates. As your journal grows add colors that reflect your mood, describe sounds, smells and feelings
Look for gratitude in negative experiences. There are always more ways to consider things. Something that may appear as negative at first could have a brighter side. Try looking at that same situation in a more positive way. Giving thanks for those experiences that have been studied is a great way to realize that there is good in just about everything. Problems can be seen as opportunities to grow and to be creative which is especially important for youngsters to understand.
Help children come up with reasons to be thankful. Teach kids the true meaning of Thanksgiving beyond the bounty of your harvest you’ll be grateful you did.