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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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Gifts for Teachers

What kind of gifts work for teachers?  What is the most meaningful for them?  Personalization is the key for teacher gifts.  A teacher can only eat so many apples.  The first step in thinking of a gift for your child’s teacher is to talk to your child through out the year.  Anytime your child mentions something […]

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How to Encourage Thankfulness When Moving

It’s one of those times that you dread as a parent—telling your children that you’re moving to a new city. Whether you’re moving 200 or 2000 miles away, you know that your children will have to say goodbye to cherished friends and places and start over. Here are some thoughts on how to encourage thankfulness […]

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Feeling Grateful is How to Encourage Thankfulness

My friend’s adult children are admirable people; people who each seem to embody so many traits most parents would like to see in their own children. For example, her son and his new wife hand wrote personal thank you notes for all of their shower and wedding gifts. These notes were special. They were special […]

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How to Encourage Thankfulness in Kids

We recently got this note from a fan, and thought we’d share it with you: As a mommy to three little ones, ages 7, 5, and 3, I am often struck by how much “stuff” my kids have.  From toys to books to video games, we seem to have one of everything!  We don’t give […]

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How To Help Children Write Thank You Notes To Grandparents

Getting the hang of how to help children write thank you notes to grandparents will turn a chore into a rewarding experience for everyone involved. Get your kids off to a good start with being grateful for the gifts they receive, and brighten a grandparent’s day. Act promptly. Grandparents usually dote on their grandchildren. They’re […]

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How To Encourage Thankfulness in the Classroom

If you’re a teacher in the classroom, one of the best lessons you can teach children is to be thankful for the multitude of things around them there are to be thankful for. As students grow, they model the behaviors they see around them. Some people they observe have difficulty because all they see are […]

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