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Three Simple Steps for a Meaningful Thank You Note

With spring birthdays, communions, baptisms, and Easter right around the corner, it is the perfect time to help children find easy and thoughtful ways to show their appreciation. There is no better way than through a well written note. No matter what their age, here is how to help children write thank you notes that truly stand […]

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Kids Thanksgiving Crafts

Brown paper bags are all you need to get started on great children’s crafts for Thanksgiving celebrating Native American culture. These are some ideas to get you started. Materials: Collect big brown paper bags while you’re doing your shopping at grocery and liquor stores or buy them online. Put together a variety of objects for decorations like […]

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Recipes for Thanksgiving: Tempting and Traditional

Autumn is upon us bringing cooler days, colorful foliage and one of our favorite holidays; Thanksgiving. Giving thanks for our family and friends, as well as for our bountiful blessings, is what the celebration is all about. But face it, Thanksgiving without a table overflowing with  delicious recipes wouldn’t be the same. If you are […]

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Fall is Here, So Here We Go

When we as parents wonder how to encourage thankfulness in our children one of the easiest ways is simply to be involved with their lives and demonstrate our thankfulness for their joy.  Now that fall is here and the leaves are starting to change there are a multitude of activities for families to jump into that will […]

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How To Encourage Thankfulness By Being Thankful

Parents spend a lot of time encouraging their children to exhibit good manners.  One of these is thankfulness.  Most parents can’t even begin to count the number of times they have given their children the prompt “what do you say?” or “say thank you.”   We buy box games, we make up games and provide all […]

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How to Encourage Thankfulness at Christmas and Birthdays

Holidays can provide us many opportunities to show our children how much we love them.  In some cultures so much emphasis is put on celebrating that children can become greedy.  Of all the holidays that we celebrate, Christmas and birthdays are often the times of year that our children are very self centered.  As much as […]

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How to Encourage Thankfulness by Creating Positive Messages in a Bottle

Imagine receiving a jar chocked full of little notes sharing and emphasizing your strengths. Envision opening a note a day; the notes instantly promote a feeling of gratitude. If you have been wondering how to encourage thankfulness in your children and family creating a message in a bottle is a perfect way to teach them gratitude. They will be […]

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How to Encourage Thankfulness In our Children

Our culture has quickly become a thankless culture.  We have so much, yet we have so little that we can find to be thankful for.  Perhaps this is due to a very limited world view. For the most part, American children have everything they need and a lot of what they want.  They give us […]

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How to Help Children Write Thank You Notes – Model It!

The best way to teach anything to a child is to model it. In the poem, Children Learn What They Live by Dorothy Law Nolte c1972, Nolte describes perfectly the idea that we can facilitate correct attitudes in our children by  modeling behaviors that cause them to form positive thought processes and behaviors.  This applies when […]

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A Homemade Mailbox Promotes Letter Writing

Looking to give your child more experience writing letters and cards?  Create a letter writing area at home, complete with a homemade mailbox. With just a few simple supplies from around the house, you and your child can start mailing notes back and forth, creating a fun, learning activity. Material needed: empty shoe box, scissors, […]

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