How often do you talk about gratitude with your kids?
I try to make gratitude an ongoing conversation at our house. I don't ever want my girls to take our wonderful life for granted. Even though we have had some trials and some not-so-good days, we are still very fortunate.
It's not always easy to have that conversation and sometimes I'm at a loss. I don't want to ask the same questions every day. That's an easy way to get everyone to lose interest! I want to get my girls thinking and looking at all areas of their life. I want them to look at the little things, not just the big picture.
So, I started brainstorming and jotting down questions. When I was done, I had a set of Gratitude Conversation Starters to use to get us talking.
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What is your favorite part about your home? Why?
What is one of your favorite things to do? Why are you grateful for it?
What is something about your teacher that you are grateful for?
Who did something nice for you today? What was it?
What abilities do you have that you are grateful for?
What is something you love doing with your parents?
This is just a sample of the questions I came up with. In all, I have 20 questions covering the big and little things in life.
How to use them: Print off a set of conversations starters (it will take 2 pieces of paper). Cut the strips apart and find a fun way to display them.
You can put them in a jar like I did in the top picture or fold them up and put them in a bowl. Place one in front of everyone's plate at dinner time. It really doesn't matter. What's important is the conversation that develops.
These are perfect for dinner time or even a long car trip. Pull out a strip and have everyone answer. Let the conversation flow. Remember all the little things and be grateful for your wonderful life.
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