Binks’ post Mindfulness has me thinking about my own gratitude and my children’s gratitude. I saw the book she posted and thought how I really should do this. Maybe this could even be a family activity. At the end of the night, when we are winding down, could this be something we add? Is this something that would help us realize how incredibly lucky we are? Could this be something to end the night on a positive note? I believe it can.
So I searched for a book the kids and I could work on together. I found this one and I’m excited to give it a try. The 3 Minute Gratitude Journal for Kids: A Journal to Teach Children to Practice Gratitude and Mindfulness will help guide me in teaching children, age appropriately about gratitude and mindfulness.
My husband and I love to take adventures with our kids. We would rather have and give experience gifts than just another toy. This all came about as our kids got older, so it was easier to take them out, and when our house became so overfilled with toys. I grew up with very few toys! We just played. Now our kids have so many things they don’t even know what to do. It’s crazy. I’ve never been an over buyer for my kids but we are from wonderfully generous families. My kids are also the youngest cousin here in Woodbury so we get awesome hand me downs. But our house is FILLED! I feel like my kids are so used to having a lot and getting to do a lot that they aren’t even grateful. Does anyone else have this problem?
We just recently got an activity from school, called the Mealtime Challenge. I thought it fit really well into our gratitude or family quality time. It came with a bingo game with different food challenges. It also came with a jar full of Conversation Starters. It’s so cute and the kids love it. It helps to engage everyone in discussions and because it’s from school they really want to do it!
So for 2020 my family is going to focus on good quality time together, gratitude, and learning new things about each other. Anyone want to join us?