Happy Sunday, beautiful people! I hope your weekend is going perfectly and that you’re enjoying your friends and family.
Today I’m stopping in to give you all this month’s Advice Found! I’m so happy I started this series because I LOVE the well-thought out, insightful advice you all leave in the comments! It’s so interesting for me to see all of the different opinions on a topic and each time I learn so much and leave with a lot to consider.
This month’s topic was Gratitude and Kids. To get the full post which had my own take on the topic as well as the general question asked, head over to this post! Below you’ll find some of my favorites from the comments section of the last Seeking Advice. I’ve linked the names to that person’s blog if applicable and would love it if you’d stop by their site and see some of what they’re about!
Sandra at The Sweet Sensation:
“Our children are adults now and some with kids of their own. Like you, saying thank-you was something we instilled in them early on and we do the same with our grands. Kids nowadays take so many things for granted. I also experienced the same thing that Jess did at Halloween. It was amazing how some kids didn’t say thank you.”
Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate:
“Oh what a challenge this is. With grown children I can only saw we tried to set a good example and took our children to church regularly.”
Shelly at The Queen in Between:
“Kids will learn so much from watching their parents. Even if he is too small to actually do an act of kindness himself he is witnessing you do these things. At a very young age we have done things such as leaving a note and a treat for the mailman, taking a treat to the fire station, volunteering at the food bank, picking a child from an angel tree at Christmas of a similar age and letting him participate in the gift buying.”
Jessie at The Acquired Sass: <– seriously, this girl always kills me
“Honestly, this is one of those things that I feel like the older you get the more perspective you have. I passed out candy for Halloween the other night & kids were such little SH*T HEADS. maybe 10% said “Trick or Treat” & maybe 5% said “Thank you” – the rest asked ridiculous questions like “How many pieces can I take”.
I guess now that I think about it I think gratitude & free will go pretty hand in hand. Grateful is a choice. And it’s hard sometimes when things suck – but things could always suck more, and even if they do there are always things to be grateful for. I know for me we always talked about things we were grateful for. But that also I usually was around when my Dad watched the news, so I had a good visual about people who definitely had it worse than I did, and by a lot.”
Emily of Beauty in Christ the Book:
“I love that my parents reminded me that everything was a gift, a gift from God, and that always made the little things seem pretty big to me!”
Heather of Polyglot Jot:
I think you could say something you were grateful for each day at your bedtime routine. It will have them learn to look back on things with a grateful heart.
And this week I’m trying something a little different! I’m also featuring some of the responses I got from the IG Moms Chat I co-host every other week! Make sure to join us every other week on Monday at 11 am EST to take part in a great chat loop with some awesome mommas. Also, if you’re looking to join one, DM me on Insta here!
“I agree starting with thank you is a start! I always so a tradition of 30 days to be thankful! I wake up everyday and day what I’m thankful for so I’m going to teach her when she is older”
“I second what you said – just making sure out daughter hears us say thank you is a great start! She’s still too young to understand anyways!”
“This is so important, we try to make sure our son says please and thank you but also that he know that he is very lucky to live in a nice home and have nice things and a family that loves him. A group of friends donated clothes and baby items to a local church and we all brought our kids to teach them about giving back to their community and those less fortunate.”
“Absolutely! Especially when they are still tots! We are trying to teach my 4yo the importance of donation and being thankful for everything we are fortunate to have that others don’t.”
“We made a thankful tree this year that we add to each day and I plan to make it a tradition each November. Check out my page for a picture of it! We also pray with our children on a daily basis (before meals and before bed) and thank God for the food and all of our blessings. We also like to help those with less, and let our children be a part of that.”
Hmm.. we aren’t always good about directly teaching our girls thankfulness and gratitude. Instead, we really try to live it. My husband and I both are grateful for the lives we are blessed to live, and we just talk about that a lot. It’s not direct, but it definitely shows – my girls are grateful and thankful.
“We make sure to say thank you a lot, even later saying, “Hey, I went upstairs earlier and I noticed your laundry was put in the basket. Thank you for remembering!” We also make sure to point out generosity whenever we see it so, “Wow! He shared his shovel with you. That was really generous!””
So tell me – who’s advice did you identify the most with? Who’s made you think the most? If you missed adding your advice but have something great to say on the topic, leave it in the comments!
Don’t forget to check out the past Seeking Advice posts!