– by Mary May Larmoyeux – Thanksgiving will soon arrive. And for one day we will stop the hectic pace of life and remember why we should be thankful. My list of blessings this year will include how God protected a son and his family during Hurricane Harvey!
What about you? What are you thankful for? And how will you help your children and grandchildren count their blessings?
10 ways to help kids be more thankful
Here are some ideas that could help your family keep the “thanks” in Thanksgiving:
1. Begin a “jar of thanks.” Ask each person in the family to regularly jot down on slips of paper things they are thankful for, dropping the slips into a jar. Then on Thanksgiving Day read the slips of paper together and thank God for His many blessings.
2. With the kids, choose a charitable organization to support together financially. Brainstorm ways that everyone can earn funds for this. One example is not drinking cold drinks or eating out, and giving the money you saved to the charity.
3. On or before Thanksgiving Day, serve in some type of soup kitchen with your children or grandchildren . You will not only help others, but will also have a great opportunity to talk to the kids about the less fortunate.
4. Memorize Bible verses about being thankful and discuss them as a family (such as Philippians 1:3, “I thank my God every time I remember you.”). Then tell loved ones why you thank God for them.
5. Talk over the dinner table about the blessing of good health. Then “adopt” someone who does not have this blessing—rake their leaves, wash their car, go grocery shopping for them, etc.
6. Before going to bed on Thanksgiving Day, pray together as a family and thank God for the ways he has blessed you during the year.
7. Make a Thanksgiving Tree. All you need is a small artificial tree or large twig (to use as a tree), some note cards (cut in thirds or in shapes of leaves), and ornament hooks. During the days leading up to Thanksgiving, encourage loved ones to jot down on the note cards things they are thankful for. Punch a hole in each card and hang it on the tree. Read all of the cards as a family on Thanksgiving Day.
8. Participate in your community’s collection of food items for the needy during Christmas. Take your children or grandchildren to the grocery store and let them shop for the items your family will contribute. Ask for your children’s help in packing the box.
9. As you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal with loved ones, go around the table and say why you are grateful for whoever is seated to your left.
10. Keep a “thanksgiving notebook” in which family members regularly jot down ways God has blessed them. Periodically read the list together and have a time of prayer—thanking God for specific blessings.
How do you help the kids in your life to be more thankful?
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