A few thoughts from Joanne Miller…
The Christmas Season is a wonderful time to focus on friends and family, and to be grateful for all we have. Yet it's also a time when we might be tempted to feel sad that we don't have more or because we no longer have something or someone we love. Christmas is a time of loneliness and longing for some.
Each one of us make a choice each day of what we might focus on, and I'm sure this week you'll have opportunity to teach your child some valuable lessons about gratefulness.
This weekend I've chosen to send a parenting tip that contains some practical ways to teach children about gratefulness. I trust it will encourage your heart as well.
A Parenting Tip about Teaching Kids to Say Thank You…
Gratefulness is an important life quality because it helps us to be thankful for what we have instead of complaining about what we don't have. Gratefulness is a lifestyle but it starts by saying "Thank you" to others who bless us.
Begin now to prepare your children for receiving gifts. Talk about the importance of the giver, not just the gift. Teach children to look at the name tag first so they can be thinking of the person who gave the gift while they open it.
Encourage children to express thanks to the giver, even if that person is not in the room at the time. A phone call to extended family or a thank you note to a distant friend can mean a lot.
Gift receiving sometimes provides that awkward moment when we want to ask, "What is this?" or discover that we already have one of these. Play a "What if" game with children to help them anticipate how they might say thank you in those situations.
Opening gifts can happen fast and then children are off playing with new toys and games. Helping them to take time to express gratefulness can extend the true meaning of Christmas past the few hours of Christmas Day. And don't forget to take time to thank the Lord for his special gift in Jesus Christ for us.