Following Blaine's birthday party this spring, we decided to use Sarah's darling idea of turning a photo into a postcard to make thank-you notes. We printed a bunch of copies of this darling picture from the party on our home printer and Blaine and I are now working on the messages.
It got me to thinking. And it got me and Em to talking. A lot. About gratitude.
How do we teach our children to be genuinely grateful?
Certainly reminding our children to say their 'thank you for dinner, Mom' is important. And teaching them to send thank you notes. And never letting them leave Grandma's without a hug and a kiss and a 'thanks for the fruit snacks and the fun!' But will doing those things help them develop true gratitude?
We live in a time in which children are surrounded by an abundance of toys, treats, and media teaching them to want more. How can we discourage entitlement and encourage them to feel gratitude for what they have?
So, to be clear, the forum today is not: "How do we help our children remember to say please and thank you?"
It is: "How do we teach our children to feel genuine gratitude? Not just to say it but to feel it?
Thanks for your input and happy weekend!
anne & em
anne & em