I used to think gratitude was just a trendy yoga word. Until more recently, I truly started to incorporate it into my everyday. Channeling my thoughts toward the positive rather than dwelling on the negatives, being appreciative of the little things. I found it way easier to go about my day and not get caught up sweating the small stuff.
Before skipping ahead to glutinous dreams of pie and delicious Thanksgiving sides, November is a great time to talk about gratitude. It's something that even as an adult, I am constantly trying to remind myself of. A sense of gratitude, or feeling thankful and appreciative, is a life-long social emotional skill that can generally offer a more positive outlook on life. Though it is a relatively complex skill, It's never too early to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in your home. Model, practice and encourage it on the daily - highlight the simple things like pancakes on Sunday morning or that beautiful stick drawing they drew for you at school!
Today, we have a simple hands-on craft that can help get the conversation going. Get the whole family in on it to see how many things you can add to it. Plus, You'll have a real decorative piece just in time for the major feasting!
- Leaf template
- Kraft cardstock paper
- Red + gold acrylic paint
- Red ribbon
- Small hole punch
- Black permanent marker