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So true! It’s such constant struggle to instill gratitude in the Little People that sometimes I forget to think about what I am grateful for. Thanks for sharing!
Ainsley, I know what you mean! Glad it struck a coard~Laura
I loved reading this! As a mother of 3 boys, I can totally relate to the incident in the grocery store. I find myself in the same situations, and sometimes I have a difficult time relaying this message to my children quite so eloquently! I do like the Thank You game, will have to try this next time.
Please and thank you’s are sometimes forgotten with ALL people! Those three boys will be glad their Mama instilled those ideals in them! Thanks for commenting!~Laura
Thank you for sharing Mary’s tale of Grocery Store Gratitude. It’s helpful to know that other mothers (careful, conscious, grateful mothers) also struggle with this as they raise their children. And it’s nice to be reminded that something as simple as the “Thank You Game” can turn things around when facing the “I Wants.”
Today, I am grateful for many things, one of them being your post!
Thanks Peggy! I am thankful to the kind followers of this blog, who like yourself, share their comments with us~Truly, Laura
I especially liked how she talked about this as being a lifelong lesson. That is something to hold onto and remember when I’m frustrated by the fact that the “I wants” keep cropping up despite working hard to avoid this in our life.
Lifelong indeed…we all could use the reminder! Maybe a bumper sticker?!?!?!? Laura
I’m so glad to see that others see this is a lifelong journey. And it is something I was taught and am continually teaching self, so I can teach my kids.
Thanks again Mary for sharing your story~Laura
Wow — Mary this is wonderful. I struggle with these things too and frankly find myself with a bad case of the “I wants” pretty often. I want to be able to travel more, or buy more or have a dream patio. I really struggle with this as a person. I get annoyed and frustrated with my children when it is all I want, I want, and feel they should be thankful for what they have. I love the idea of the thank you game for them, but more importantly the what are you grateful for question for myself at night. Thanks!
Anna, Let the game playing begin! thanks for the comment. Laura
Mary, A beautiful post. I posted about gratitude today. It is something I have been thinking a lot about. As I start to feel sorry for myself about certain things, there are very specific friends and family in my own life whose own troubles, with the very complaints I have, are so much worse than my own. I am humbled and ashamed. We really have so much.
Thank you for putting it so beautifully.
Beautiful reminder. Thank you.
Thank you for commenting~Laura
Thank you for the reminder to appreciate! Always necessary and always amps up the spirits of the entire household.
Of course my children express lots of I wants and I find that sometimes just meeting the want energetically is all they need. for example, “I want marshmallows!” And I respond, “Oh man! Marshmallows! They are so gooey and sticky and sweet! Aren’t they?” And maybe add a memory of a marshmallow eaten, “Remember when we had smores on our camp out? Remember how the marshmallows oozed out the side??” And by then you’re moving down the aisle. The desire is met with energy. And the child actually feels sated.
MOST of the time. (but certainly not all!!)
Like I said…we all could use a reminder~
My son was always so good about not wanting. He would pick things out and i’d ask “do you really want that?” no and he’d put it back. till about two weeks ago – then its not only “I want” but “I need this” and I am very low on money right now so I’m all “sorry” but feel badly. but I do try to point out – not meanly but so he notices – look at all these things I am getting you. and the things we ARE doing together that are free. and when people are friendly and nice. how wonderful that is.
one thing for me, the less i have – unemployed 9 months now with unemployment gone – the more I appreciate what I do have and the less I look around at what I want/need and just make do. a good lesson.
Sorry to hear about your hard times. I hope things turn around soon. Sounds like you are instilling core values in that little man~Laura
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