How to Build Gratefulness in Your Kids

How To Connect With Your Spouse During The Holidays

Gratefulness is a superpower that turns negative things into positive things and makes positive things even more amazing!

In this podcast, Don and Suzanne share how they incorporate gratefulness into their home and encourage you with practical ways for you to do it too!

Psalm 9:1 says, “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”

Why Gratefulness is So Powerful

It ties us to God

Everything we do has a God element to it and can be something we are grateful for. If someone wrongs us, then we can be grateful for our identity in Christ to overcome. If we get a good grade on a test, we can be grateful to God for our intelligence and our diligence to study. Gratefulness makes everything about God and not about us or the circumstance.

It changes the atmosphere

When you or one of your children wake up on the wrong side of the bed (you know those days when nothing seems to go right), refocus on the good things, and watch the day turn around.

It changes attitudes & perspectives

This is where example comes in. How are we as believers dealing with the negative things that happen in our lives? Are we grateful? So often we lecture our kids on gratefulness while we are complaining.

It builds hope and courage

One of our boys didn’t make the A team in football. We started listing out all the things we were grateful for (more playing time, not as intense competition, chance to work hard and be seen, have more fun) and came up with the hopeful statement that he’ll be a better football player after the season.

It takes our eyes off ourselves to a higher purpose

When we are focused on ourselves and our problems, it feels really hard and intense. Being grateful for what God is doing in a situation opens our eyes to new paths and new opportunities.

How to Build a Culture of Gratefulness in Your Home

It really is very simple to do.

  • Use the word grateful every day.
  • Add intention and purpose to your daily experiences by choosing to see what you are grateful for in each experience, and then say what you are grateful for out loud.

Example: You have a child who won’t get out of bed to go to school. Set your alarm a little early and lay down with them as you wake them up in the morning. Tell them what a wonderful day it is, how wonderful they are, and that God has great plans for them. Tell them you are grateful they are your child, that they are awake, and that they have a whole amazing day to live.

Another example: Your child makes a bad grade, and they’re mad at themselves and the teacher. Share with them how grateful you are God gave them an amazing brain, they don’t always make bad grades, they learned to work harder for the next test, and that the teacher is FOR them and wants them to learn.

Do you see the superpower of gratefulness? It makes negative things positive and the positive things more amazing!

It connects us to God. It alters the atmosphere, attitudes, and perspectives.

Gratefulness has the power to change EVERYTHING.

Here are some practical ideas to add gratefulness to the culture of your family.

  • Speak often of what you are grateful for.
  • Make a list and post it on the frig.
  • Read Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts.
  • Have a family night gratefulness project.
  • Write letters to others.
  • Have nightly prayers of gratefulness. (Encourage your kids to share five things they are grateful for.)

Let’s close remembering this, (Psalm 118:1) “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.”

God is the creator of gratefulness. He knew our souls would need a lot of it to survive this side of heaven. So, go be grateful!

And go be crazy!

How To Connect With Your Spouse During The Holidays

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