But the spirit of Thanksgiving is really about just that. Giving thanks!
If you have little ones, get them involved! Let them help with little things around the house, while getting ready for the holiday festivities, and give them thanks for their assistance.
One of the best things that I think you can pass to your children around this season is to give back! Show them what it means to root around in the pantry and find some non-perishables to donate. Help them try to appreciate what they have and how fortunate they are.
|I love this fun & festive table-setting idea from Better Homes & Gardens!|
After you're done showing them how to be charitable and appreciate giving, and really feeling thanks, reel them back in with some fun! Decorate some mini pumpkins with paint, stickers, etc. to decorate the table and the house with. Have them make paper chains in fall colors to string around the mantle, or along the banister.
Most importantly, remember to appreciate your kids, and your family. In all of their qualities. It can be stressful to deal with the mess of your kiddos while you are trying to clean the house and prep for holiday company. But be thankful for their childish ways. Be thankful for their mysterious minds. Be thankful for their big innocent hearts. And be thankful for their unconditional love.
I am so thankful for all of the babies that I have had the pleasure to know, to nurture, to love and to watch grow. Having worked with kids for so many years, I really do appreciate them. I appreciate how frustrating they can be, and how amazing they can be. Happy Thanksgiving!