With that in mind, I wanted to sit down with Connor and talk with him about how important it is to be thankful for the things we often take for granted because we don't know what it's like to do without. With the help of Dr. Seuss Connor and I had a fun but grown-up conversation about how we need to give thanks often.
I love this Seuss book. It's not as popular as others but "Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?" is the perfect way to remind little ones of how lucky they are. I know it's often a "grown-up" topic but I want to raise a grateful child, not one who feels like things should be handed to him. Once we read the book, I asked Connor to tell me what he is thankful for and we wrote each answer on four leaf clovers and place them on display on his art easel.
This particular afternoon Connor was thankful for Jesus, family, Trolls music, toys, friends, TV shows, monkeys, Mommy, Daddy, his school and snacks. Sounds about right for a 4 year old. I'm not sure what it is his loved about monkeys this particular day but hey, we went with it. I know many of these items are materialistic and we talked about how not everyone is lucky enough to have access to cable TV or have a room full of toys to play with. He asked if everyone has a Mommy and Daddy and I told him not always and explain not all families look like ours, that God has created each family different, making everyone's life unique. It might have been "big" talk but I feel confident that Connor understands the importance of appreciating what he has (monkeys included).
I'll be the first to admit that I am not good with grown-up talk with Connor. It's hard for me because I see him as my baby, not a little boy who needs help understanding the world and how lucky he is to have the life he does. I've been very honest with him about how other little boys and girls don't have as much as him so it's important for him to donate toys that he no longer plays with. We've done that twice now, each time allowing Connor to choose what's donated.
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What are you thankful for this morning?
What do you think your little ones would be thankful for if you were to ask?