Seeing the good in your life and acknowledging blessings is a learned skill in my opinion. Some people are naturally better at this than others, but anyone can learn and practice this principle. It’s something that I work hard to teach my kids.
Last night for Family Night we talked about being thankful, but I phrased it to go along with St. Patrick’s Day. We all took turns saying, “I am lucky because…” After we brainstormed why we were each so lucky, we wrote and drew our favorites on giant shamrocks. I cut simple shamrocks from 12×12 inch pieces of paper and we glued a paper that said “Lucky Me!” in the middle. We got out crayons and markers (a real treat in this house) and went to town. I wrote for the kids and they illustrated.
I hung the shamrocks by our table; we see and talk about them at meal time. It’s a fun way to remember and talk about things that we are thankful for while adding a little holiday decoration to the room.
Here was mine. I am lucky because I have a healthy body, a family who loves me, I get to stay at home and be a mom, and spring has sprung!
Here is my oldest’s (bump-bump is her special blanket):
And the toddler told me he was lucky because “my cowboys, oranges, letters and blocks, and my May-may” (May May is what he calls his sister).
It turned out to be a great lesson that we all enjoyed. It didn’t take much planning or time either which is great too.
Why are you lucky?