When you think of November, what comes to mind first?
Being thankful is something that I try to practice all throughout the year, not just in November during Thanksgiving time.
And if we are wanting our children to have thankfulness in their hearts, as we all should, we must cultivate that starting at a young age.
According to Dictionary.com the word cultivate means: to prepare and work on (land) in order to raise crops; to develop or improve by education or training; train.
Cultivating Takes Time.
Living in an area with many farms around, I know growing crops don’t just happen overnight.
There are many steps including the preparation of the soil, planting of the crops, working in the field, watering, and fertilizing. And it’s something that needs to be done on daily basis.
Cultivating thankfulness in children takes time!
As parents it should be our desire that our children are not greedy, overindulged, and ungrateful.
So what can we do to help develop good qualities in our little ones?
Let’s look at a few ideas that can help cultivate a heart of thankfulness in our children:
- Help them memorize verses like: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ” In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
- Start them with writing “Thank You” notes when they receive gifts or items from others, something that is becoming a lost art.
- Let them hear you giving things to others or see you writing “thank you” notes.
- Give them opportunities to serve others that are in need.
- Teaching them to “say” thank you whether it’s something small or big.
- Post Bible verses around the house, on mirrors, refrigerators, their dressers, their backpacks, etc.
- Practicing at the dinner time when someone passes something, or thanking the person who prepared the meal.
- Praying and giving “thanks” to God before each meal or snack.
- Learn to not give our children everything they want, and helping them to see contentment in what they already have.
- Remind them that everything they have whether food, things,toys, money, etc., come from God.
Remember to look for ways every day to show your children the things they can be thankful for.
There are teachable moments if we are open and looking for them.
In all things and every situation there is something to thank God for!