I don’t know about your kids, but my kiddos made out like bandits at Christmas last week. Between our immediate family, two sets of very generous grandparents, great grandparents, and loving aunts and uncles, they brought home a HUGE loot. The amount of stuff is really overwhelming to me. I strive each year to make it meaningful to them, but I feel sometimes like I fail in that department. Rip, rip, rip, box after box with no real thought other than accumulating stuff.
It’s important to me to try to teach my children gratitude so we spent the morning today making Thank You cards.
Since my kids are on the young-ish side (8, 7, 5, 2) I try to make writing Thank You cards fun. But I also want them to take something away from the process. They are lucky kids and it’s important to me to try to teach them that. I want them to grow up to be kind and considerate, thankful and thoughtful. I’m not sure if they can take all of that away from simply writing Thank You cards, but it sure can’t hurt, can it?
To make our cards today, we got out construction paper, glitter, newspapers, scissors, glue, and crayons. We talked about being thankful and grateful – about putting effort and hard work into the cards instead of just slopping through them.