Parents: Be Thankful for Small Things this Holiday Season
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Next, make a list of the qualities and traits about yourself that you appreciate and value. Are you friendly, smart, loyal, hardworking, nurturing? Write as many of these down as you can. Add to the list as often as possible. Carry the list with you and read it often. Begin to be thankful for yourself and your ability to bring immense value to your own life, the lives of your children and the other people whose lives you touch!
Last, aside from being a role model for your children, show them how to be thankful. Thankfulness is like a muscle - to be strong, it requires a little heavy lifting. Teach your children to be thankful and appreciative for the small and big things in their lives. Begin by making sure they say 'please' and 'thank you' every time, to every person in every situation. This may seem trivial, but it's not! It teaches your children to be thankful for gifts; to be appreciative when someone holds open the door; to value a friend's hard work at preparing a meal; and to be grateful when you buy them a new pair of sneakers.
This is a great start. Now keep going! Before long you and your children will recognize that there are so many things for which to be thankful that you will be uplifted in the true spirit of the holiday season!
DR. SUSAN BARTELL is America's #1 family psychologist. Her latest book is Dr. Susan's Fit and Fun Family Action Plan. You can learn more about her on her website at www.drsusanbartell.com.