Beyond the Thankful Tree – Activities to Teach Children Gratitude

As we enter this season of plenty, it’s important to teach children gratitude. Especially when considering current events, our abundance becomes overly clear. We really don’t have to worry about much here in the First World. We have plenty of food. We have warm clothes and homes, cars to get us places, and more toys, book, and movies than anyone really needs.

Beyond the Thankful Tree - Activities to Teach Children Gratitude

Some kids naturally seem to put others first, but mine often don’t. I’m looking for a few activities this year to help us remember that we really have it pretty good. We’re not walking across countries fleeing terrorists. We don’t worry about bombings or go to bed hungry. At this time of year, I want my kids to count their blessings and think of other people. Here are a few activities┬áthat teach children gratitude to get the ball rolling.

Beyond the Thankful Tree – Activities to Teach Children Gratitude

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18 Easy & Healthy Make-Ahead Sides to Simplify Thanksgiving Day

18 Easy & Make Ahead Healthy Sides to Simplify Thanksgiving Day from SimplifyLiveLove.com. Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Sides

With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, you may be thinking about your menu already! Here’s a great list of Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Sides┬áto simplify Thanksgiving Day. The beauty of these sides is that many of them can be prepared ahead of time to help you spend less time in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day, and more time with your family! We’ve included a few healthy options for many of the classic Thanksgiving categories- side dishes, appetizers, cranberry salad, and a little something for the sweet tooth too.

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Sides

Appetizers / Dips

Healthy Sides to Simplify Thanksgiving Day

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip – Center Cut Cook

Pumpkin Spice Dip – Back to Her Roots

Spinach & Spaghetti Squash Dip – Julia’s Album

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