Guest post from Tracey of Our New Adventure
My husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary last month. One of the reasons we have a good marriage is because we choose to stay optimistic. Every night before we go to sleep, we name three good things. It’s wonderful way to end the day.
We started this early in our marriage and the habit has helped us through many difficult days, especially after our son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2010.
Some days are hard and we’re often exhausted, but we always take the time to count our blessings. We’re teaching our son to do the same!
Here are some tips to help your children develop an attitude of gratitude:
1. Name Three Things
At bedtime, have your children think about what happened that day. What are they thankful for?
2. Be Specific
Instead of just saying Dad, I’ll ask my son what about Dad? Maybe it was “bike riding with Dad” or “Dad is funny.”
3. Put it in Writing
Several years ago, we got our son a Thankful Notebook. He keeps it on his nightstand as a reminder to count his blessings. Our habit is to name good things right before bedtime prayers.
4. Play the Gratitude Game
At least once a week, we make a game of it. I’ll say a random date and he’ll look back in his notebook to see what fun things happened on that day.
We love to look back and be reminded of our joyful life!
Tracy is a Christian wife and television meteorologist turned stay-at-home mom, turned Doctor Mom. That last turn happened when her son, Matthew, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. The goal of her blog, Our New Adventure, is to give practical, uplifting encouragement to other moms who have kids with Diabetes.