Between the candy overload of October and the present overload of December, November is the perfect time for families to focus on what they have to be thankful for.
And today’s free download is just the tool you need to help!
Simply print and keep near the dinner table, then pick a “thankful conversation starter” each night in November and discuss – easy peasy! And we’re giving it to you now so you’ve still got a few weeks to get yourself set up.
Here’s MJ with the details…
Anticipation is a powerful emotion in childhood. So why not use it to foster a spirit of gratitude?
As an adult, I have come to love Thanksgiving, with its focus on home and family as well as its minimal commercialism and this year we’re making thanksgiving an entire season with these printable conversation starters.
Our family eats dinner together most nights, even if it’s for a quick bite, and we’re using these conversation starters as a way to focus on all the gifts we’ve been given.
Too often our chatter is dominated by schedules or talk of homework, and these simple questions help all of us remember that we have so much for which to be thankful.
As parents we want our children to have a grounded sense of themselves, free of entitlement. This daily exercise keeps my children and I looking inward at all that we have and keeps the desire to want more and more to a minimum.
It’s also been a lot of fun to think about how gratitude can spill over and help others. Whether it’s reaching out to those in need or contacting faraway loved ones, being thankful for the gifts and people in our lives changes our perspective.
This free download includes 27 conversations starters, one for every day of November until Thanksgiving, that feature a gift and a question that everyone in the family can answer.
We made our questions into an old school link chain that runs down the center of the dinner table, totally accessible to all family members. As the holiday of Thanksgiving gets closer, we’ll know each other better and be on our way to a fuller sense of everyday thanksgiving.
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