How often do you talk about gratitude with your kids?
I try to make gratitude an ongoing conversation at our house. I don’t ever want my girls to take our wonderful life for granted. Even though we have had some trials and some not-so-good days, we are still very fortunate.
It’s not always easy to have that conversation and sometimes I’m at a loss. I don’t want to ask the same questions every day. That’s an easy way to get everyone to lose interest! I want to get my girls thinking and looking at all areas of their life. I want them to look at the little things, not just the big picture.
So, I started brainstorming and jotting down questions. When I was done, I had a set of Gratitude Conversation Starters to use to get us talking.
Get the conversation started
I love conversation starters because they take all the awkwardness out of starting a conversation. Just grab a strip and read the question out loud.
Mom and Dad can ask the kids or the kids can ask the parents.
They give you things to talk about that you may not have thought about before.
Gratitude Conversation Starters
What is your favorite part about your home? Why?
What abilities do you have that you are grateful for?
What is one of your favorite things to do? Why are you grateful for it?
What is something about your teacher that you are grateful for?
Who did something nice for you today? What was it?
What is something you love doing with your parents?
This is just a sample of the questions I came up with. In all, I have 20 questions covering the big and little things in life.
How to use them:
Print off a set of conversations starters (it will take 2 pieces of paper). Cut the strips apart and find a fun way to display them.
You can put them in a jar like I did in the top picture or fold them up and put them in a bowl. Place one in front of everyone’s plate at dinner time. It really doesn’t matter. What’s important is the conversation that develops.
These are perfect for dinner time or even a long car trip. Pull out a strip and have everyone answer. Let the conversation flow. Remember all the little things and be grateful for your wonderful life with these gratitude conversation starters.
Incorporate your gratitude conversation starters into your dining room decor:
Store your conversations starters in a pretty container such as:
For more gratitude posts, check out these great ideas from the 2nd Grade Crew:
You may also enjoy one of these fun Family Activities:
Countdown to Christmas
If you’re anything like me, I know you’re looking for fun family activities to do this Christmas. But, not just anything. I’m not looking for elaborate and I’m definitely not looking for something that would require a million trips to the craft store.
That’s why I just love Countdown to Christmas – 24 Activities, Crafts, and Recipes to Countdown to Christmas by Cerys Parker from Rainy Day Mum. The activities are simple (you won’t find anything elaborate) and definitely fun. They’re perfect for families. And, they’re perfect for the advent season.
This fabulous resource for Christmas family fun can be purchased here. Take a peek, you’ll love it!