Happy Thanksgiving, homeschooling friends! Ready for a Thanksgiving printable?
This Thanksgiving I’m visiting with family and friends, and I realize how important it is to continue a spirit of Thanksgiving all year long. On this day, especially, I wanted to make a printable to help our kids take a moment to aptly word why they are thankful for all the many blessings God has bestowed on them.
So I made this free Thanksgiving printable just for you in hopes that your kids will enjoy writing down a few reasons they are thankful this year. This is a fun way to kick off your turkey day and remember the reason we enter this season.
I also wrote an article a few years back all about teaching your kids to have an attitude of gratitude. Basically, there are a few steps to focusing on helping our kids be more gracious and grateful for their blessings.
Begin creating family rituals to help children be more grateful.
One way to do this is by simply saying grace before meals. Ensuring a firm spiritual foundation in the home helps our kids to understand gratefulness in context, and being thankful for the “common” act of eating a meal each day leads our kids toward a grateful heart. Making a habit of verbally thanking God each time we receive something new (a new pair of shoes or a new book, for example) allows our kids to pick up on the spirit of gratitude we’re practicing in the home.
Allow kids a bit of struggle room.
What this means for our family is that we “allow patience to have its perfect work”- through the art of waiting. Whenever a child asks for something new, there is always a period of waiting before it is received. Sometimes it’s a few weeks later, sometimes a few months later, and for bigger requests the wait could be a year or more. But I’ve learned it’s okay for my kids to wrestle through the art of waiting. During this wrestling match, they learn contentment. And they also learn trust. Giving them the opportunity to struggle builds character and helps them to be more grateful for what has already been placed into their hands to love, nurture, and enjoy.
Show kids how to reach out to others.
Looking beyond their own needs into the world of other’s needs is a huge feat in our society of self-gain. If your kids can appreciate others’ needs and esteem those needs above their own, you’ve done well. Allow your kids ample opportunity to help others in need.
One year our family donated home cooked meals to a food pantry at our church. In previous years we’ve sung Christmas carols in nursing homes just to bring a bit of holiday cheer to those who were lonely and without family. Hopefully we’ll do something special this year, too. I like the idea of looking forward to working together as a family to help others as opposed to spending much of our hard-earned money buying all the latest techie gadgets to fill our kids’ Christmas stockings.
Reaching out to others is an excellent way to instill gratitude within our kids as they’re growing up and maturing into the adults God has called them to be.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my thoughts on gratitude. For now, go ahead and grab your thankfulness printable and spend some time tomorrow discussing as a family what you’re grateful for.