Let’s create a spirit of gratitude in our kids and within our families with this Gratitude Bundle!
We want to raise grateful kids and yet, it can be tough to find practical and simple ways to cultivate a spirit of gratitude and appreciation in our kids and within our families.
I created this Gratitude bundle: Family Gratitude Prompts, Conversation Starters, Affirmations, and Gratitude Journal for you to make it easy and fun to use with your family to inspire the habit of gratitude this Thanksgiving and all year round.
This is a wonderful way to express thanks and appreciation and bond as a family. You will be amazed at the difference this makes to lift your tween and teen’s spirits and the climate within your home.
Here are 3 Ways To Use These Gratitude Affirmations to Create Joy and Gratitude:
#1 Create A Gratitude Box or Jar
You can use our gratitude affirmations and print them out and create your own (we left some blank pages too!).
You can make a box yourself or buy one. The key is to keep it simple and make it doable.
A few of the specific affirmations read things like:
1) “One of the things I appreciate about you is…”
2) “You did a really good job with…”
3) “I’m grateful for how you…”
You can also encourage other family members to write messages to one another to foster gratitude and appreciation.
#2 Use the Gratitude Journal
Simply take a notebook or the printable journal with gratitude prompts (that we created HERE). You can have kids decorate the journal or jar if they want to be creative.
Set it out in the kitchen and at dinner time, have each family member write three things they are grateful for in the journal, notebook, or on slips of paper and put them in the jar.
Each person can take turns reading out loud what they’re grateful for or take turns and pick slips of paper out of the jar. You can even guess who wrote each one.
There really is no right or wrong way to do it!
More on the Gratitude Prompts
Gratitude prompts are a huge help when you’re gratitude muscle is a little atrophied. The awesome thing about these prompts is all you have to do is fill in the blanks!
The goal is to identify 3 things that you are thankful for.
A few prompts include:
- What are you grateful for that you can see?
- What are you grateful for that you can smell?
- What made you happy today?
- What are you grateful for that you can touch/feel?
- What foods do you love to eat?
- Who are you grateful for?
- What are you grateful for in your home?
- I’m grateful for these three friends:
- I’m grateful for these three teachers:
- I’m grateful for these three family members:
- What moments in the last year are you thankful for?
- What is something beautiful that you are thankful for?
- What goals have you achieved that you are thankful for?
- Something that made you smile today?
- Something funny that made you laugh?
See MORE IDEAS with our Gratitude Prompts Printable.
#3 Let your kid(s) know how much you appreciate them with the Gratitude Affirmations to Print and Stick:
Use our Gratitude Fill In The Blank Affirmation Printables with kids, your spouse, or other loved ones and stick them on their mirror, around the house, or place an affirmation on their pillow. Wherever they can see them and be reminded of how much you love and appreciate who they are and what they do.
Be on the lookout when someone in your family is doing something that is kind or helpful and let them know you appreciate them – have paper and pen ready, write it down and put it in the gratitude box, jar, journal, or print them out and put them around the house.
Remember, there is no right way to do this. More than anything else, have fun. Less is more. Make it work for your family.
You might even want to save the jar, notebook, or journal and make it a regular year-round practice in your family.
You can also encourage your tween or teen to take their affirmations and gratitude entries with them so they can read them and remind themselves of what is good and how much they are loved and appreciated.
Can’t wait to hear how it goes and how much positivity and gratitude this generates in your family!
I’m so grateful for YOU!