Just so you’re AWARE…

In a world filled with countless activities, instant news cycles, increasing lines at drive-thru windows, and fewer moments to slow down in this whirlwind of activities, our society often misses the opportunity to just slow down for a moment to say, “Thank you” to those around us. Showing thankfulness is an important lesson to pass on to children as they begin to form the foundations of what a healthy relationship looks like.

Being thankful is something that is easy to model for young people. As adults, we can show our children what it looks like to thank someone for doing something for us whether that something is large or small. We can let them see what it looks like to thank the person who opens a door for you, or picks up something you drop. We can talk about being thankful for a job, home, vehicle, or other things in life that we often take for granted.

Showing thankfulness or gratitude is an important part in building relationships with other people. Having an “attitude of gratitude” is something that lets people know you appreciate them. It allows you to grow into the person who wants to do for others as well.

Your children interact with plenty of people during the week that they can show thankfulness to for the time others have invested in their lives:

  • Family – Not just immediate family, but other family members who play important roles in the lives of your children.
  • Friends – There are plenty of kids at school, after school, at church, in sports, and other places where your children can show thankfulness for friendships.
  • Teachers/School Staff – There are many staff members at your child’s school that provide various areas of support for your child. Have your child do something special to thank them when nobody expects it.
  • Coaches/other adult leaders – Whether your child plays a sport or is in an after-school program, there are caring adults who invest time in your child. Let your child do something to let these people know how much they mean to him or her.

As you look at the list above, you might notice that the things your children can show thankfulness for are not really things at all. They are the people who pour themselves into our children. We all need to say, “Thank you” to those people more in 2017. Thank you for reading this brief article and taking a few minutes to consider how we can all be more thankful as we approach Thanksgiving and the Holiday season.