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