Adjective Feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful.
Synonyms thankful - appreciative - beholden
After a heavy heart on Sunday - I had a much needed discussion with the Twinks about having gratitude and being thankful. Seems that I have to remind them to say thank you all of a sudden and that doesn't fly with Momma at all! Their summer has consisted of: 2 gigs in parades, Shedd's Aquarium, Chi-Town Train ride, Michigan's Adventure, Crazy Bounce, Chuck E. Cheese, countless movie theater trips, sleep overs, trips to the beach, parks, festivals, playing ball, farmers market on Saturdays - THE LIST GOES ON. Catch my drift? So when my beautiful, smart, independent Twinks forget what being grateful is all about, my feathers got a tad ruffled. They were both instructed on the drive home to think about what being grateful meant, and not to speak. I was steaming at this point, so the silence was also a timeout for me. Then when we got home, they were sent to their room in silence to continue to ponder on why I was upset and how they would do better, scratch that BE BETTER! They asked if they could come down and talk to me, I told them I didn't want to hear the word "sorry" because the disappoint I was feeling needed much more. After a long conversation and many examples, they promised to be their best. God love my 5 year olds.
Here are some random bits of Grateful for your viewing pleasure.
"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom" - Marcel Proust
12 Steps to Stop Yelling at your KidsI saw this on another blog and thought of myself.. I hate yelling at my kids. I remember how awful it made me feel when i was young. Worth looking into. http://theorangerhino.com/12-steps-to-stop-yelling-at-your-kid/
~ I remind my kids that everyday there are children without food, shoes, clothes, beds, or even blankets - and that they should be grateful for the people in their lives that work so hard to provide them with so much.
And this pic below is such a reminder of exactly that ~ Measure your life by what you have, not by what you don't.
With all of this being said, I just want my kids to appreciate life for what comes their way, not for something that is bought or given. Be thankful for the fresh air, grateful for the simple pleasures that surround them everyday.