Thanks & Giving
This THANKS + GIVING series is much more than some good lessons around a holiday theme. These are two principles that have the power to change lives. Gratitude and generosity are not widely prevalent in our society, especially in the lives of kids. There is a natural tendency in all of us to get sucked into thinking that life is “all about me” and that anything that is inconvenient or uncomfortable must be bad. The exact opposite is true. Helping our kids to understand that all that they receive and benefit from in their lives is the result of someone (or Someone) else’s generosity is crucial. Teaching them to take the time to acknowledge that and express gratitude to those people, and to God, is powerful. Once that happens we find that generosity prompts gratitude, and gratitude inspires generosity, and the cycle becomes intertwined and contagious. Thankful, giving people stand out…we notice them and want to be like them. So yes, this holiday is the perfect opportunity to teach our kids about thanks and giving. It’s a great reminder for us, as well. As we model these traits in our own lives, not only will we reap personal reward, we have the opportunity to set a new tone in our homes and ignite a truth in the hearts and minds of our kids that will literally change their lives. Happy Thanksgiving!