A few weeks ago we were late getting in the car for school, and as we headed down the road I noticed that Ting had nothing but negative coming out of her mouth. And she was crying on top of that. I decided I had enough and started a little a morning tradition.
Each morning as we pull onto the highway, my kids know what to expect. Everyone in the car is required to come up with three things they are grateful for at that moment. It is amazing what a little reminder of the things we have can turn around some attitudes - even at my kids' young ages.
When we first started, Ting was trying to be very deep and profound. I had to explain that we can be grateful for the little things in life also. We can be grateful for something as small as a car to drive us where we need to go.
Of course, Ting has to help Bug come up with his thankful things, but each morning we all have three things to be grateful for.
So what are some of the things I've heard the past few weeks? We are grateful for:
- Swing sets
- Swimming Pools
- Lunch in our lunchboxes
- Friends to play with
- Jobs to go go
Our list has grown quite long, and I love it. If you're having trouble with some attitudes at your house, why not try The Gratitude Challenge.