After a few post-Christmas meltdowns at our house we decided that our family theme this year should be gratitude. I don’t think our kids have any clue how blessed they are. Every time one of our kids tells us that, “it isn’t fair,” I have to remind them how lucky they are that life isn’t fair. If life was fair we wouldn’t enjoy a lot of the things that we have. The fact that we can take time with our kids to read them a story is a luxury that a lot of the world doesn’t enjoy. I don’t want my kids to feel guilty about what they have, but I do want them to appreciate what their blessings.
So, part of our year of grateful living is our family gratitude jar. Every day we come up with something that we are grateful for, we write it down and we put it in the jar. Right now it’s pretty basic stuff like family, but I’m hoping as we do more they’ll be able to think of some of the smaller things.
The other thing that we’re working on is what it actually means to be grateful. I have a bunch of quotations, and we’re talking about ways to show gratitude. That might get a little old for the kids, but hopefully it will make an impression. Last year our theme was “A House of Order,” and I really think that focusing on making our home more orderly really helped us. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this year’s theme will help us be a little more appreciative.
p.s. Don’t you love those blocks?! My sister-in-law Sharleen made us these for Christmas. There is a whole book of options with different messages. Awesome!