Teaching Our Kids to Be Thankful

I just knew I had done everything I could.

We read pilgrim stories at Thanksgiving. We crafted cards for the nursing home residents on Valentine’s Day, complete with pink cut-out hearts. We filled shoe boxes with goodies at Christmas, for goodness sake!

What more could I have possibly done to teach my child to be thankful?

Watching a 5-year-old share his favorite toy with the next-door neighbor can make a momma’s heart swell with pride. And this momma had plenty of chances to praise her boy for his servant’s heart.

Yet here I am now, with a teenager in the house. And I find myself in a frustrating but familiar pattern...

I am honored to be part of the Everyday Thanksgiving series at Sweet to the Soul today. Click here to hop over and finish reading today's post on how to teach our kids to be thankful.



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With summer comes a time of transition for parents and their teens. Maybe your teen isn't quite old enough for a summer job. Or maybe summer travel makes having a job difficult. Whatever your situation, you may have a bored teen sitting at home this summer. What's a parent to do?

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