Week 4: Gratitude for others
One thing I didn’t hear a lot of growing up from my parents was “thank you”. While I know now they have always been grateful for me, I didn’t know it as a kid. So as much as possible, I try to express gratitude regularly to my little ones. And as I continue to do that, my goal is to also express it more regularly to my immediate and extended families. The fact of the matter is that we’re not promised tomorrow. And I want my loved ones to always know that I love them and appreciate them.
Day 14: Write a small note of thanks and put it in your child’s lunchbox. As an added bonus, include their favorite snack as a surprise.
Day 15: Share with your child(ren) one thing they did today that you are grateful for. If you have multiple children, ask them to do the same for each other.
Day 16: Schedule time in the day to be 100% present. Turn off cell phones, tablets and computers. Tell them you’re dedicating this time to them and ask them how they would like to spend it.
Day 17: Go old school. If you don’t already, get some oldschool board games and make it a habit to play them. If not, good old hopscotch, jump rope, red light/green light or freeze tag will work.
Be sure to check back for the last week of this Gratitude Challenge.
BMWK, What ways do you show gratitude to your children and family?