Practicing Gratitude Through the Alphabet

For about a year now, I’ve been making sure I demonstrate what living gratefully can look like so my children learn to hear it and see it and internalize it.  I praise them liberally for their contributions to our family life, reminding them how grateful I am to have their help.  I verbalize my gratitude for things like our stove while cooking dinner, running water while washing dishes, and electricity when we wanted to snuggle at night on the couch to read a story together.

When I first began doing this, my kids and, to be quite honest, my husband just stared at me, probably wondering what was wrong with me.  But it began to become almost expected and it has helped me far more than I anticipated.

There is a lot that we take for granted in our lives.  And when you start looking for things to be grateful for, you realize you’re just scratching the surface!  To avoid seriously annoying my family with all this gratitude, I sometimes keep this dialogue at least partially internal.  For example, when cooking our dinner, I do verbalize one or two things I’m thinking, but then my thoughts go something like “Wow! I’m so thankful for all of the people involved in producing the electricity and delivering it to my home so I can use this electric stove that was invented by some amazingly clever person!  I’m so grateful for the people who manufactured this stove! It’s not my favorite, but it sure does allow me to provide great meals for my family and that’s something to be thankful for. Oh! And look at these pans I’m using! I’m so grateful for the people who came before us and perfected the metal-working that goes into these. I seriously love these pots and pans and I’m grateful for the research and skill that goes into making them. ”

Do you see where this is going?  This can seriously become the main thing you think about once you let yourself loose!  But there’s more!


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“Oh, my!  How much history and skill has lead to the design and function of this knife I’m using to cut this cucumber!  I’m so grateful for the many people who tested and tried and failed and succeeded so I could have this really beautiful tool! And this cucumber that I didn’t grow!  How grateful I am for the people who worked to grow this and get it to my local store so I could prepare it tonight for my family.”

Yes… This internal dialogue keeps going through everything I touch!  Sometimes I get REALLY crazy and start thinking about the people who cut down the trees for the wood that my dining table is built from. Or the artisans who produced the plates we eat from. Or the people who build and maintain our roads and bridges so our trucking industry can keep our local stores stocked with yummy foods! In just that one activity, there are literally hundreds, maybe thousands of people to be grateful for!

Does anyone else do this?  🙂

Practicing the Habit of Gratitude

To help my children practice this habit of gratitude, I created this Practice Gratitude Through the Alphabet printable that encourages them to find lots of things that begin with each letter that they can be grateful for. Some letters are harder than others!  But it’s a fun challenge that I think YOUR family might enjoy working through, too!

This pretty journal encourages a LOT of gratitude!  There is room to list things and to draw things, so family members of all ages and skill levels can join in the fun.  You can choose to do this together as a family or encourage each person to fill in their own gratitude journal.  Whatever works for YOUR family. The main goal is to just DO it.  Don’t wait for the perfect moment or the perfect way.  Just print and go! ♥

Notice in the sample pages above that there are some word building activities, too!  Those are fun to challenge everyone in your family to see who can make the most words.  Or the most creative words!  🙂

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I’m Grateful For YOU!

I want you to know that right now, I’m thinking about you.  Not the random people who come to this page as a group, but you, individually.  Yes! The YOU who is reading this right now.  I’m so grateful for you, that you chose to visit my page today, that you are here learning about gratitude, that you might even download this activity and try it with your family! I’m grateful for the technology that allowed me to create this printable for you and get it to you even though we probably live hundreds of miles apart! There are so many things to be grateful for and I want you to know that YOU are on my list! ♥

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About the Author Sandra Modersohn

Sandra Modersohn is a devoted wife, mother, and homeschooler. She loves great graphic design and has a passion for creating beautiful and useful printable materials for children. Little Learning Lovies where she shares her creations with the world. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest and, of course, at the Little Learning Lovies Blog and Store.

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