The holiday season is a time to reflect and be grateful; grateful for the love of family, the comforts of home and the abundance of caring in your community. Here are five ways to experience gratitude with your children.
G — Get eye to eye. Gratitude is felt in a glance, a tender smile or a meaningful touch. Take the time to show your children they are appreciated and loved with meaningful moments spent eye to eye, on the floor playing or even at the kitchen counter baking or creating gifts for others, together.
R — Remember. We live in a fast-paced society where we run from one activity to the next. Take the time to talk about and remember experiences for which you were grateful. The time you sat outside and star-gazed as a family or helped an elderly person reach up to the top shelf at the grocery store for a cherished item. Remember holiday rituals with your grandparents or loved ones. Remembering brings you back to the moment with a smile.
A — Attitude. Model for your children an attitude of abundance not paucity. Too often we get caught up in what we want, not what we need. This limits our abilities to enjoy what we have, be it a warm meal, a cozy bed or a valued teacher. Living with an attitude of abundance leads to showing others we care, as we are full and ready to give.
T — Time. We can’t create more hours in the day but we can appreciate the ones we have. Taking the time to get up off the couch, play outdoors, turn off our incessant media and live in this moment of time lends to a full heart and closer relationships.
I — In Tune. Feeling, modeling and expressing gratitude with those you love fills your piggy bank of caring to last beyond the season. Being in tune with your children, listening with your eyes and hearing with your full attention models for your children being present in your relationships. Being in tune with your children takes you away from the stress of “have to’s” and into the moment of “love to’s.”
Tude — As in Tuday☺. Live it, feel it, experience it and share it, gratitude. You’ll feel more alive, build better memories and raise more compassionate kids.
GRATITUDE — Live it now and for a lifetime, raising children who learn how to be present and mindful in the moment. Tis the season to say, “I adore you.” “I appreciate you.” “I am grateful to be here, with you right now.”
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