Teach Your Littles to Count Their Blessings {review + giveaway}

12 Little Blessings Book

“What are you thankful for, Joshua?” asked his big sister.

She loves writing down her blessings for our blessings jar. . .mostly because she’s 5 and can write now. . .partly because it’s a fun activity. . .hopefully because we’ve taught her to have a heart of gratitude.

“Nothing” my 2 year old replied.

“You aren’t thankful for anything, Joshua?” she asked.

“Nope” he replied.

“What about mommy?” she asked.

“Yes! I thankful for mommy” he decided.

That little exchange didn’t destroy me but it did make my heart skip a beat.

How is he not thankful for ANYTHING? Aren’t we teaching him to have a heart of gratitude?!

And then I reminded myself. . .he’s two! He doesn’t even understand what a blessing is. He is just now beginning to be able to communicate and comprehend.

Give it time.

But be purposeful. Activities like a blessings jar are

the beginning of cultivating a heart of thanksgiving. Children need to hear and see and feel OUR heart of gratitude from the beginning. And as we continue to foster a culture of thanks in our home, they will get it. They will see it. They will communicate it.

Psalm 85

Tommy Nelson’s new book, Really Woolly 12 Little Blessings is a sweet book to use in communicating the idea of blessings and thanks to your littlest ones in a fun, engaging way. Part counting book, part prayer book – it’s a colorful and adorable board book for toddlers. I absolutely love the sweet, Really Woolly illustrations using animals and scenes little ones will love.

This is definitely a must have for your child’s early library and another great book to put in their Easter basket this month!

Our friends at Tommy Nelson are giving away a copy of Really Woolly 12 Little Blessings to one blessed reader. Enter through Rafflecopter below!

How are you helping your little ones learn to count their blessings?

Jessica Sig

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About Jessica Wolstenholm

Jessica Wolstenholm is co-founder of Grace for Moms. She is passionate about writing words of grace for moms and moms-to-be. Co-author of The Pregnancy Companion and The Baby Companion books, she also co-leads a community about TTC, infertility, pregnancy and new motherhood on Facebook. Connect with Jessica on Google +

Comments

  1. brandi S. says:

    We’re counting our blessings with a thankful notebook. I love reading what they are thankful for

  2. this is always something to improve– and I love hearing people’s ideas– but right now, with really little ones (three three and under), our prayer time at night includes thanking God for the things we are thankful for!

  3. I’d say the same as Amanda, but my son is even younger – 7.5 months :)

  4. We talk about things we are thankful for. Lots of learning comes in everyday moments.

  5. We thank God for something(s) every night when we pray before bed and just talking about it all the time and saying out loud, “thank you God for. . .”. when we think of it

  6. The jar is a great idea. I try to ask at dinner but often we don’t get to it :-(

  7. Megan D. says:

    We talk about things we are thankful for as we say grace before meals.

  8. Megan D. says:

    Also, I am a happy subscriber of Grace for Moms. :)

  9. My guy is only 9.5 months, but I hope to be able to model it for him. Working on myself right now!

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