Seems so easy…being grateful.  I mean, in Texas (where I’m from), you are born saying “thank you!”  Yes ma’am, yes sir, and thank you are your first words.  But…are those words coming from the heart?  We want them to, but are they?  How do we make sure that our kids have grateful hearts, not just empty thank yous?  We live out gratefulness in front of them.  Real life gratitude.  This doesn’t mean we have to be crazy and think up random things to do all the time, we have to live out true gratitude in front of our families!

I have had the pleasure of being on the Launch Team for Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch.  (You can purchase the book for only $10 on right now!)  She says, “Parents say much more to their kids by their lives than by their words.”  Wow!  That will make you slow down and really consider your attitudes and behaviors won’t it?  Throughout this book, parents are challenged to really evaluate themselves and make sure that they are willing to follow Christ’s example of gratitude.  Truly parenting against the norm in society.  This is hard, and Kristen says it best:  “When you decide to push against a cultural norm, there will be people in your life and community, even your church, who will question you.”  Are we ready for that as parents?  Are we?  How do we ready ourselves, so that we can raise our children to be grateful?

There are so many amazing ideas for gratitude journals and creative ways to teach your children about gratitude.  I often find myself becoming overwhelmed with wanting to do these “cutesy” things, and then end up doing nothing.  So, this year, I decided to use plain spiral notebooks.  (Oh the horror!  Nothing cute at all.)  The kids and I read a devotional together each day, then we write down one thing we are thankful for and one prayer request each day.  Only one!  One is doable.  One doesn’t make anyone fall down and tantrum.  One has been beautiful each day.  And, because we set an attainable goal, it has happened every day!

I want to begin to serve as a family too, but I am still working on exactly what that will look like for us.  It’s not going to be extravagant, we may pick up trash at the camp we work at, or wipe tables, but we are going to serve.  I loved this quote, “We enjoy what we enjoy.  But life isn’t just about what we love; most of the lessons we learn come because of hard work and practice.  And sometimes practicing more makes us love something more.”  So, we are going to practice serving.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book.  I just put these around our house as reminders to strive for gratefulness in our home.  You can print them and do the same!  Have fun being grateful in your home!

Link to printable: Quote Printables



Check out more amazing blog posts about #raisinggratefulkids below:

Inspiring an Attitude of Gratitude – by Alison
Rasisng Grateful Kids – by amanda
Why You Can’t Buy Gratitude At The Dollar Store – by Andrea
Missing – Gratefulness in our home – by Ange
Choosing Gratitude – by Angela
Gratefullness – by chaley
5 Steps to Gratitude-Fille Family – by Christa
Practicing Grateful Parenting – by Dana
Sing a Song – by Hannah
Cultivating gratitude in our family – by Jamie
Gratefulness In Our Home – by Jana
Gratefulness In Our Home – by Jana
Let It Begin With Me – by Jen
Choosing Gratefulness – by Jennifer
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World – The Book – by jeri
Eradicating Entitlement – What are you rooted in? – by Jessica
Gratefulness in our home – by Kate
The Problem With Entitlement is that it begins with us – by Katelyn
7 Unusual Ways I Know How to Be Grateful – by Kathryn
Raising Grateful Kids – by Keri
How My Children Remind Me to Pray with Gratitude – by Kishona
Grateful – by Kristy
Entitlement: The Ugly Truth of a Beautiful Lie – by Leigha
The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Raise Grateful Kids – by Lindsey
Dear Son: How Do I Teach You To Be Grateful Without Guilt? – by Marie Osborne
Gratitude, A Practical Definition – by Mia
Cultivating Gratitude in Our Home – by Nancy
Learning Gratitude through Chronic Illness – by Rachel
Being Grateful – by Rebecca
I’ve Found Something I Can’t Live Without – by Sarah
The Power of Naming our Gifts – by Sarah
Outfitted – by Sarah Jo
Growing Gratitude in our Family – by Sondra
Teaching Gratefulness – by Stephanie
How Grateful Looks From Here – by Alison
Fighting Entitlement in Children and All of us – by Leah
Entitlement Problem – by Karrie
Grateful Today – by Krystal

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