I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, gratitude is the solution to pretty much any problem! It’s become such an integral part of my happiness and outlook on life so when I see my kids being ungrateful it really makes me panic! I know they’re young, but I always want it to be a tool and skill they can call on to help them in good and hard times! Today I teamed up with Mott’s Sensibles to create an after school activity where we can enjoy some healthy snacks, too!
The new Mott’s Sensible juice from Walmart is 100% juice with 30% less sugar than the apple juice that i typically buy for my family. Because It’s 100% juice its sweetened only natural fruit. It’s also made with coconut water and a splash vegetable juice and my kids LOVE it!) and my kids love it — especially the Apple Raspberry flavor! You guys know, I am all about easy upgrades!I decided to try out my gratitude wall idea during meal times and right next to the kitchen table. Breakfast and dinner are some of the only times we’re all together and conversation can flow. We’ve done named the “Best and Hardest off the day” for years now, but I wanted to also add things we’re grateful for! I’ve heard both my kids say defeatist things like “Why does this always happen to me?” I really want my kids to know that no matter what kind of day they have, it’s all in how you look at it!So as we’re sitting down and snacking I have a pad of post-its and a pen. The boys can jot down things that happened that day and stick them on the wall. Its been especially sweet as Russ has been working long after they go to bed and he can get a feel for their day even though they’re already asleep! Cal is getting pretty good at writing and sounding things out, but any young kids can draw pictures or you can scribe for them, too!Is anyone surprised that we spilled no less than three times our activity together?If you need to kickstart a new tradition or reset family goals, I find that making an activity a friendly competition or having an incentive seems to help us. Like: whoever writes 5 post-its gets a treat after dinner. Or, getting them all their own color pad of notes and whoever has the most at the end of the week picks where you go to dinner, or a new, fun family activity. Just something to entice them to give it a try, right? Do you guys have any other tips for helping kids start to think gratefully on their own? Here are a few of my favorite post-it notes from this week: #1 — Good friends #2 Cars & Trucks (written by Cal for Raleigh, because he knows how much Raleigh loves them!) #3 Apple Juice With Mom <3