You have heard me talk (or rant) about this before, but teaching gratitude to children who receive so much from us as parents, but also friends and family, can be a challenge. I am so grateful for all the loved ones in our life, but I literally have had to start telling them to please come empty handed. I want Jake to know that a visit from family is a gift and special treat all its own!
One step on my path to teaching gratefulness and appreciation, is to get Jake involved in writing his thank you notes. Now this is typically no easy task for a 4-year-old boy. But, December is a big month full of birthdays and holidays so the thank you notes can be overwhelming, even for me. In fact, I’ve been late on getting them out. But they are still important and I figured its better late than never. So we got out our pen and these adorable notecards which serve as a great template.
We talked about each family member, the gift they gave and then a nice thing to say about them. He then took the pen and “wrote his name”. Clearly we have a lot of work to do on name writing but the the important thing is that we talked about thankfulness and then expressed it.
They were a great way to write the cards together and I am hoping that he fills in more as his writing improves. I mean unless he is a future doctor we’ve got a long way to go!
So that’s what we’re working on here in my house. Have any suggestions on teaching these lessons? I’m all ears and would love to hear your ideas!
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