I don’t know about you, but the days are going by so quickly my head is spinning!!!
My favorite holiday is coming up……THANKSGIVING! I especially love how we come together to give thanks, and how our children are fully engaged to enjoy all the festivities!!!
Sharing gratitude activities with our children is just another way to help build positive characteristics in them.
TOP 5 GRATITUDE ACTIVITES FOR CHILDREN!!
1. Create a box filled with fun new goodies for a family that may be in need, or choose an organization you could donate the box to.
2. Write home-made thank you cards to friends, and family that the children haven’t connected with in a while. Mailing out the cards would be an extra special touch! Checkout my special crafty amiga Habiba’s fun activity. She is the creator of Craftify My Love D.I.Y. And Lifestyle Blog! Click the link for this beautiful craft and more!!
(PIC ABOVE COURTESY OF HABIBA)
3. Your younger child could make a gratitude chart, or a grateful tree. Just cut-out and glue pics from old magazine that expresses what they are grateful for. Here is a quick and super fun example from TEACHMAMA! https://teachmama.com/our-thankful-tree/
4. The older child that writes provide them with a gratitude notebook that could stay near their bed at night and they could write one thing everyday they are grateful for….what a great time to reflect on their day. This allows your child to focus on the WINS that happens each day small, or large.
5. Lastly, with technology at our fingertips set-up a grateful video for, family and friends. They could sing, dance, read, or share their favorite activity with them! Imagine the faces of your love ones when they see the Video. Not to mention how many times they will be able to replay it…..priceless!
Have you enjoyed any of these activities with your children?
Do you have any other gratitude activities you share with your family?
I have to say I’m very grateful ❤that you stopped by!!
Have a HAPPY HOLIDAY muchas gracias……….SHAUNA
I Hope everyone is doing great today!!
Today I wanted to talk about ways we could build our children to become little world citizens in today’s diverse world! Teaching them about loving themselves, and others is the very first step.
As a Mother I believe that Children learn, and get their best education from home. We as parents are their first teacher. As I have mentioned in other posts we model the behavior, and sometimes attitudes toward life to them everyday.
We live in a huge beautiful world that children would love to partake, and learn from. Sometimes we have to bring the world home to them!
Create a home environment that encompasses the world. Teach everything about your family history, and history of other families with diverse backgrounds. Today, we have so many amazing resources to begin this process. We could plan activities, fieldtrips, or use the internet to research other cultures, and belief systems. A great starting point for families to raise world citizens is at http://multiculturalkidblogs.com/
Provide activities that represent the world. For example baby dolls of different cultural background, a Map of the world, or a Globe that speaks about different parts of the world.
FUN FOODS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Add fun recipes that is Easy Peezie for the family to make to get a taste of the unique foods the world has to offer. Here is a quick delicious appetizer called Manchego & Membrillo Stacks that combines Spanish ingredients, and flavors in every delicious bite!!
Play music from around the world have the children dress up in clothing representing the culture, or country. Learn special dance steps such as Salsa for beginners if your exploring the Hispanic countries. If you missed some easy to learn Salsa steps click on my older post right here http://enannylink.com/lets-salsa-dance-together/
Actively seek out to set up play-dates with families from other countries/culturally diverse background. This is real-life experience for all involved to learn about embracing each others differences and learn how much we truly are alike. Never too late to form friendships between families.
Traveling to other parts of the world will help your children see how big the world is and help them understand how we are all connected.
Lastly, if you have older children Teens….consider an exchange student program. They could live in another country for a little bit, or you could invite a student in your home.
Although I am Bi-racial (African American/Hispanic-Puerto Rican) and had the pleasure of growing up with the world in our home….I entered an exchanged program that changed my life forever!!
When I was 16 years old I lived in Tokyo, Japan for 4 months with a family that spoke only Japanese. No internet in those days we figured out how to communicate with one another in the most human sensitive way possible. Not very easy with the language barrier yet; I can tell you I never missed a meal, and was very well taken care of lol. Words cannot express how much I love this family and Japan!! I am so grateful for the exchange program!!
ARIGATO GOZAIMASU NIPPON!!
(16 years old at Tokyo Disneyland with Otosa-father and my Japanese brother Nobu)
(Back to visit 24 years old my Japanese sister in blue Tomomi)
This is just another way to help continue building A global mindset in our children as they enter the world on their own in the future!
Thank you for Reading! Small steps but major beautiful outcomes when opening a whole new world to our children. Creating a sensitive, and culturally aware environment will lead to stronger leadership for all of mankind!
Have you tried any of these tips in your home? Have your children been exposed to other languages, or foods? If so how were they introduced to it? What other ways have your family tried to incorporate worldly views in your children?