What’s really important to you? What are those things you really want your children to learn to be? For me I have always wanted my daughter to be kind and I really, really want to instil a heart of thankfulness in her.
I’m not just talking about general politeness, yes I do hope and expect her to say “please” and “thank you”, but I want her to know how utterly blessed she is in all the little and big things in life. I want her to be thankful for the sun, for the rain, for the flowers, for the stars, for the people in her life, for her toys and her home. I think when people are thankful for all the things around them it becomes easier to live happily and contentedly. It becomes easier to focus on what you do have rather than what you don’t have. It’s something I believe you have to work at, learn and try really hard. A movement of your minds thinking.
I’m hoping that trying really hard to teach her this from a young age will help her to love and care for the people around her and in the world but will also give her a positivity that will drive her through tough times in the future. Not saying that when tough times come it won’t still sting, but might help move her forward. I might be talking rubbish but I’m willing to give it a go. How lovely it is when you are surrounded by positive, thankful people. I want her to be one of those people who radiate a love of life.
So this lent we are focusing on thankfulness. Amelie is a lover of art, drawing masses of pictures all day long. We have used this love to take time out each day to draw a picture of what she is thankful for. For us we are thanking God, as Christian’s it’s something we recognise comes from someone greater. But whatever you believe, I think this has been a wonderful activity. By the end of lent we will have 40 pictures showing what our three year old sees as wonderful in her life. I am loving it, as is she. We have the pegged up in the dining room, and I have caught her sitting there thanking God for each of the things she has drawn….from her scooter, to Tim Peak the Astronaut, to her family.
How do you instil thankfulness?