Practicing Gratitude: 8 Activities for Families

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    It’s November!

    I love November because it is still fall (my favorite season).

    It is also the month we celebrate Thanksgiving and gratitude.

    It is important to be grateful all year long, but we put a special emphasis on gratitude this time of year.

    Gratitude is a skill that is so desperately needed in this self absorbed and entitled world.

    We need to teach our kids gratitude in our words and deeds so that they may feel it too.

    So today, I wanted to share with you some ideas of how you can bring a special expression of gratitude in your home this season.

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    8 Activities You Can Do To Teach Your Family Gratitude

    1. Thankful Tree

    Doing a craft together is a great way to learn something as a family. The Thankful Tree from Hands On As We Grow is a fun craft that each family member can look at and add to all season long.

    2. Family Gratitude Jar

    We have done this before as a family and it works great. This Family Gratitude Jar from Get Away Today allows all family members to add things they are grateful for over the month. Then the papers can be read on Thanksgiving to let everyone know what family members are grateful for.

    3. Gratitude Journal

    Want to get your thoughts on paper but don’t want to spend alot of money? Check out this Printable Gratitude Journal from Frugal Fun 4 Boys and get all of your thankfulness out on paper and keep it forever.

    4. Conversation Starters

    Sometimes you want to talk about gratitude with your kids, but you don’t know what to say. These Conversation Starters from Creative Family Fun will get the conversation flowing with ease.

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    5. Thanksgiving Books

    Kids love to read books, either by themselves or as a family. This list of 40 Favorite Thanksgiving Reads by Second Story Window has great books that your kids will love and learn from for the season.

    6. Scavenger Hunt

    Need to get out of the house and get some exercise on Thanksgiving. I love this idea of a Gratitude Photo Scavenger Hunt from Let’s Get Together, where you look for certain topics (as a small group) and take pictures of them.

    7. Play A Game

    Kids love games! This Gratitude Game from Teach Beside Me is a great way to encourage your family to think about things they are thankful for.

    8. Gratitude Stones

    Need a physical reminder of your blessings? Gratitude Stones from Fireflies and Mudpies are a cool and cheap idea to have something tangible for your family to hold and recognize their blessings.

    I want my kids to have a grateful attitude, all year long. That is why doing these types of activities as a family is so important.

    I hope you pick a few of these ideas to incorporate in your Thanksgiving traditions with your family. It will be so rewarding for all those involved.

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    How do you teach your children an attitude of gratitude? Let us know in the comments below. And if you found this post helpful, please share. Thanks!

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