How Parents Can Show Gratitude

Heading into another holiday season we found some useful advice from Amy McCready, Contributor at MOMS Today. In this article Amy reminds us about how grateful we should be for the things that we have – examples include a roof over our head, a hot meal on the table and clothes to wear, to name but a few. In this article Amy discusses Modeling gratitude by being grateful for great kids – If   you’re like me, you have a lot of things on your “Thankful List” this season.

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But what about the usual list-topper: our family? While we’re so grateful for our kids deep-down, sometimes actually acting thankful for all the moments — even when your first-grader spills the entire box of cereal right before it’s time to leave for school — can be challenging, to say the least.

But along the way, it’s every bit as important to be grateful for what we have: a precious, wonderful, remarkable child. In the words of Glennon Doyle Melton, who blogs at Momastery: “Don’t let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid, that you forget you already have one.”

We really do have great kids, don’t we? Let’s be truly grateful for them this season, just as they are. Here are my top tips to not only be thankful, but also to act thankful for our kiddos. Put them into practice and you’ll be celebrating a happier, more peaceful holiday season:

1. Be thankful for time: No matter your kids’ ages, they crave one-on-one time with us. And that’s something we can squeeze out for them without spending a dime. Commit to giving your kids 100 percent of your attention daily and individually, for just 10-15 minutes, and you’ll immediately reap the benefits. Getting into our kids’ worlds builds bonds we’ll be grateful for in decades to come.

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So to summarize, we all have great kids and we should be grateful. Showing love and support to those we love can make the holiday season more enjoyable and meaningful.

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