The Thankfulness Project

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30 Days of Thankfulness

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It’s easy to get consumed by “stuff”- getting stuff, doing stuff, cleaning stuff… Everywhere we look, there’s something to see or do. So, I’m making it my goal to focus less on “stuff” and more on things that matter. Things like people and experiences. Making memories. Enjoying time together. Valuing people over things. Showing appreciation and compassion. That’s where the “30 Days of Thankfulness” comes in.

 

Each day in November, I’m going to ask my children a question about being thankful, appreciative, or grateful. I’m going to record their answers AND keep their answers.

 

Ideally, I’d put their answers (it’s a really cute printable) in their scrapbooks, but I’ll be honest. Their scrapbooks aren’t done yet, so their 30 Things I’m Thankful For in November 2017 will get added to their scrapbook stack. But, at least we’ll have it for “someday” when I actually get around to putting their scrapbooks together. And, who knows? By the time it’s time to take their papers off the fridge, I *might* have their scrapbooks started. Stranger things have happened.

 

Along with asking them these questions (I have 12 to get you started), we’re going to talk about what it means to be thankful, appreciative, and grateful. Otherwise, how will they know what it means? And, I want to dig below the surface a bit and use this as an opportunity to help them focus on people and experiences rather than tangible things and “stuff.” I want to raise grateful, caring, and compassionate kids. That’s something that starts at a young age, so we’re going all in on it this month. After all, social skills are important too, right? And teaching values. 🙂

 

So, will you join me? It’s free. Get your 12 questions and choice of printables by signing up here. It’ll be sent straight to your inbox, along with a few activities spread throughout the month of November, all centered around being thankful. And, if you want, you can even print out a page for yourself and challenge yourself to record 30 things you’re thankful for (one each day of the month).

 

What have you got to lose?

Nothing! So, join us today. 🙂

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I'm the mom of two little ones (3yo and 1.5yo), and 3 dogs. I'm a former classroom teacher turned SAHM, so I spend my day "doing activities" and science 'speriments in between mediating sibling squabbles and working during nap time. I'm powered by caffeine (not coffee!), and I love helping others, especially fellow mom and their toddlers. Together, we can achieve great things AND prepare your toddler for kindergarten!
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11 Comments

  1. Amanda says:

    I love this idea. It will be so interesting to watch how her answers change from year to year.

    • Connie Deal says:

      Thank you! Yes, I’m really looking forward to hearing how their answers change each year. It’ll be neat to see their growth and development. And, fun to look back on each year too.

  2. Jennifer says:

    What a great idea. I love how it focuses on gratitude but is also a sweet keepsake to remember kids at each age. Pinning this. 🙂

  3. What a fun idea! I’ll definitely be doing this. I think I know what my 3 yr olds answer will be today… candy! Lol.

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  5. Rachael says:

    Such a great call to action! Especially when writing things down brings them to life, so we are more likely to notice those little things we are thankful for again the next day!

    • Connie Deal says:

      Thank you! That’s my goal- to focus on the positive and the things that we have to be thankful for. I hope I can help my kids see the same. 🙂 It’ll take time and practice, but it’s worth it.

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