There are many things in life that I am thankful for. Of course my children, my family, those who make me feel special, friends and those whom make a difference each day in my life. My home, being able to parent freely and so many other things are on that list too. This past Thanksgiving I asked the kids to share what they were thankful for. It is so refreshing to hear what children find important in life. It makes you think, are we looking at things the wrong way.
A few days before Thanksgiving we made Thankful Turkeys. They each wrote what they were thankful for. This is where I got the idea to ask on Thanksgiving what they were thankful for and why. Even though I did this to give them a chance to be heard while at a large family get together, it turned into something that we could all learn from.
April- "I'm thankful for my house, our food and all the toys. I am thankful for my family and all my friends. I am thankful for my pet. I am just thankful for everything I have. I am thankful for the bible and for my grandparents. I am thankful for Thanksgiving!"
Havanna- "I am thankful for the people who are always kind. I am thankful for the people in my life. I am thankful for rainbows and for the sun. I am thankful for God. I am thankful for Thanksgiving."
Tatiana- " I am thankful for candy. And more candy and some more candy. I am thankful for my daddy and for all the things he does. I am thankful."
Cristofer- " I am thankful for watching Thomas. Thank you for daddy fixing my car. I thank for food."
When I asked my children this very direct question, I wasn't sure any of them could really grasp it. But i was more then surprised that even my youngest understood that thanks was more then just a nice word. We always hope the manners we teach our children are not just heard but applied. That they will carry them with them as adults. Sometimes they may not listen or even get out of control. But it is these moments that they show you that they are thankful.
I am thankful for knowing that my children have such a touching heart. That they are honest and say what they truly mean. I am thankful!!