Make a Gratitude Thanksgiving Resolution and Teach Kids to be Grateful and have a Positive Mindset
Thanksgiving is a time of giving. A time to think of all the things we are grateful for. To be more aware of the blessings in our lives and to notice the kindness of others.
As we sit around the table at Thanksgiving, we will be saying things we are thankful for and talking about it. I love this tradition because it reminds us of the blessings, family, and goodness in our lives.
So, let’s do that every day. Don’t just wait until Thanksgiving. Every night at dinner or before bed we can talk about what we are grateful for and what good thing happened that day.
This year, instead of waiting to do a New Year’s Resolution, choose instead to do a Thanksgiving resolution to find something to be thankful for every day until next Thanksgiving. Write down and/or share what you are thankful for.
Talk about it when you eat dinner and also write down in a journal what you are thankful for.
Also, talk/write about the positive things that you noticed each day.
Studies show that people who found things to be thankful for tended to be happier people. It helped shift their perspective to see more of the positive things around them and have a more positive outlook. I really like this article written in 2019 talking about being grateful and the research behind it.
Starting from a young age, we can help our children develop a more positive and grateful mindset, which will also help them now and in the future through difficult times.
Let’s be honest, we all have difficult moments and times.
Having a positive perspective can really help us get through those times.
So, talk about it and write about the things you are grateful for and the positives you see.
Be a good example to our kids and have them do it with us and share with them what you are grateful for.
During difficult times we can look through our journals about all the things in the past we have been grateful for.
We will also already be in the habit and mindset of thinking of things we are grateful for and the mindset of thinking more positively, so when hard times hit us, it will be easier to have a better perspective and find something to be grateful for, which you will hopefully also write down so it can help you in the future.
Will this solve all our problems? No, it won’t. But it can be a powerful tool to help us be happier and get through rough times.
How can we teach this to our children? How can we help them see the good things around them? How to see all the things we have to be grateful for. After all, there is always good, even if we are having a horrible day.
Here are 8 things we can do and help teach kids to be grateful and have a positive mindset.
- Have them say 3 things they are grateful for or 3 good things that happened to them every day at dinner. Go around the table and have everyone talk about it. Enjoy listening and talking and spending time together.
- Write a gratitude journal. Or any type of journal, but try really hard to mention at least 2 or 3 positive things you saw that day or 3 things you are grateful for.
- Do Service. There are so many ways to give service. You can go to a soup kitchen; you can help out at home and do something nice for a family member.
- Write Thank You Notes. Think of someone who you really appreciate and tell them how glad you are for them in your life. Or how meaningful that baby present or birthday present was. Or how glad you are to spend time with them.
- Be giving. Show your kids how to be giving by doing toys for tots and let your kids choose which presents to give, or any of the other many charities that are around during this holiday season. Make cookies and give them to a neighbor just because you want to.
- Talk about nice things others have done for you and how it impacted your life.
- Talk about needs vs. wants. Point out all the things they have that are not needs and let them know they are lucky to be able to have those things because not everyone does.
- Do a craft or activity. For younger kids and even older, you can make a craft where you write down all the things you are grateful for and display it in your house for the season.
We made a turkey one this November where each kid wrote what they were thankful for on a paper turkey feather. My 4-year-old was the cutest. She was thankful for singing, dance, fire, and lava. I’m sure she would have kept on saying a lot more things, but we ran out of space. It was a lot of fun and so nice to see even the small things our kids are grateful for.
Are you going to start a Thanksgiving Gratitude Resolution? Let me know in the comments
Also, if you have more ideas to help kids feel gratitude, let me know in the comment.