November 5, 2012

A Thanksgiving challenge, Day 1 - wanna play along?

I've had thanksgiving on the mind, as is appropriate for November, and have been thinking about my family.

I love my family.

But the thing is, I'm not sure if my kids and husband know how awesome I think they are.

Last night during our family night lesson we talked about gratitude with the kids, and explained that it means more than just saying "Thank you".  For example, saying "Thanks" to mom for making dinner but then complaining about the food and asking how much you have to eat in order to be done shows that you are not truly thankful.

As a mom, I see all the ways my kids need to improve.  I'm a sculptor, trying to chip away the pieces of stone that mar the beautiful statue I know is hiding underneath.    However the kids sometimes take offense at the chipping, and I think it's partly because I forget to tell them how beautiful they are in other ways.

So here is my thanksgiving challenge for myself - to better show the gratitude I have for my family through my actions.

This first day, my goal is to write a letter of gratitude to each of my children, letting them know the things I see in them that I love and appreciate.  That's not too hard, right? This will probably mean more to the 9 year old than the 3 year old, but it will be a good exercise to help me focus on the positive.

I was thinking it would be great to have other people do this along with me - kind of a showing thanks support group.  So, if you want to play along with me, just tell me so in the comments.  If you don't have kids, you can still play along.  You can write a thankful letter to anyone, and it will count.

I'll even bribe you.  In a few days (thursdayish) I will post about how my grateful experiment went, and if you did it too, you can comment on that post.  Your name will go into a magic hat, maybe even a purple magic hat, and at the end of all the challenges (because I am planning several for myself leading up to thanksgiving) I will draw a name out of said purple magic hat, and that person will win a super special awesome prize.

Now, if no one wants to play along, that's okay.  I'll just congratulate myself on my good works by going out and buying MYSELF a super special awesome prize.  But just so you're warned, I might cry if that happens, and it would be all your fault, because it might take me back to high school where I tried to run for student government and no one voted for me.  Granted, looking back I probably wouldn't have voted for me either, but let's just stop talking about that.  I don't know why you even brought it up.

So, you know, play along if you want.  No big deal.

Hip, Hip, Hooray for Thanksgiving!!


  1. I am in! WHat a great idea! And....I would've voted for you! :)

  2. Your blog seriously cracks me up! I'll play along :)

  3. So cute, Erin! Count me in, too. (Although I don't have kids, unfortunately. But I still have plenty of people in my life to thank for putting up with me year-round, haha!)

  4. You three are my favorite people! When I get elected, I will give you high-paying posts. :)

  5. I'm in. Sounds like a great idea:)

  6. I think I may just play along too. In the words of the venerable Martha Stewart, this sounds like a "good thing" :).

    In fact, we are going to paint our very own Thanksgiving Tree (refer to your previous post) today. Do I get an extra name drop in the magic purple hat for that?

    I really want that prize. I'm thinking something with chocolate? Either that or a $100 gift certificate to J. Crew. Either one sounds good.

    Also, you crack me up.

  7. I need this. I've actually been doing a gratitude journal for my husband's birthday (in Jan.) for the last year so I can try to focus more on the good parts and not dwell on the other so much. But my kids could use the same from me.

    Homeschooling definitely means so much togetherness that I sometimes forget what that can mean if I'm constantly correcting and challenging them, rather than supporting and praising. I'm not sure that I'm usually quite as gentle and loving as their teachers were (sad as that is to say! they had some awesome teachers last year!)

    Thanks for the challenge!

  8. That's a great idea Erin. I'll take the challenge. Put me in the purple hat!


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