Learning Thankfulness

November 13, 2007 at 10:24 pm | Posted in Holidays, Mothers, Self Esteem, Transcendent Tuesday, Tweens | Leave a comment
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As GEM Parenting starts in the celebration of Thanksgiving, our topic for this week will be focused around the joys of being thankful and ways to teach thankfulness to your family

Welcome Transcendent Tuesday…we are thankful you stopped by!

Learning Thankfulness

“You are so mean to your Mom,” I overheard two tweens in McDonalds talking as the mother walked toward the counter to buy lunch.

“So, she’ll live,” the second tween commented in return.

Although I am sure it was very painful, the mother did not seem effected by this exchange though she was clearly within hearing.  So often, parents struggle to teach their children the surface level basics of being grateful when what they are really trying to teach is thankfulness. 

Thankfulness, usually celebrated around the Thanksgiving holiday, gives the impression that love, respect, and gratitude are seasonal.  In fact, thankfulness builds an inner sense of self esteem in children because they find the things that make them happy by looking in the truly important places such as family, friends, and even in the most important place…themselves.

When a child can look at themselves with a thankful point of view and see a connection to their role in blessing others, it is much easier for them to say “thank you” and mean it.  Moreover, a thankful child finds it difficult to hurt others with negative words because their self esteem is strong and their sense of self is positive.

GEM Parenting is your community to share with other parents.  Share with us your favorite ways to teach thankfulness to your children

In tomorrows Wisdom Wednesday, our podcasts titled “Bring Thankfulness Home,” will approach the many ways you can integrate thankfulness into your Thanksgiving season and into your families’ lives!

Further, GEM Parenting will release our Parenting Series, the “7 Deadly Mistakes Parents Make That Create Spoiled Brats and How to Avoid Them.”  Be on the lookout for how you can get your copy of the GEM Parenting exclusive parenting audio course the “7 Deadly Mistakes Parents Make That Create Spoiled Brats and How to Avoid Them” completely FREE!


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