The Thankful Jar

Thanksgiving is a wonderful season to build the skill of gratitude in your children and yourself. One tradition we have done for several years now is our Thankful Jar.

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Around November 1st the Thankful jar sits out on our table or side table along with several slips of paper and a pen. At meal time (usually dinner so daddy can join us) we write something we are thankful for on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. Throughout the day on Thanksgiving we pull out and read what we were thankful for. Reading the thankful entries would also be a great car-ride trip.

In past years our children usually put daddy on every paper, every day, but as they get older and listen to what we write and what we are thankful for, they are starting to branch out and understand what it means to thank God for everything.