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Grasping the Idea of Gratitude (November 13)

Gratitude makes us happier, healthier and more likely to give back. Encourage this feeling with a “gratitude jar.” Place a glass jar alongside colorful strips of paper and markers on your kitchen table. Have family members write down what they’re grateful for and deposit these in the jar. Invite visiting family and friends to do the same. When the jar is full, read the slips aloud, then make them into a paper chain to hang from your kitchen ceiling or along a window. In lieu of the jar, also consider hanging your gratitude strips on a tree branch.

Talk to your child:

  • What is the difference between a need and a want?
  • What are you most grateful for today? Why is it important to think about being grateful?

Book to share: Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern. Ages 4-8. Gratitude versus “I want more” is simply a matter of perspective – as this simple story makes clear. When the old man searching for silence is told to bring home a variety of barnyard animals, even your little ones can see the folly in his quest.