Lessons in Gratitude During the Busy Holidays

Tis’ the season for stress! But keeping gratitude on the top of the list really helps. Here are three ways to keep the good stuff flowing, in spite of your never-ending holiday to-do list.

1. Books on Video
Did you know YouTube has book videos? It’s true! And my kids can’t get enough. Here’s a great list of books you can “check out” right now featuring wonderful lessons in gratitude. (Don’t forget to set your computer security settings before allowing unsupervised YouTube access.)

  • The Thankful Book by Todd Parr
  • Thanksgiving is For Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland
  • Have You Filled A Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud
  • Thanksgiving Blessings by Mike Berenstain
  • The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks by Jan and Mike Berenstain
  • Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks by John Bucchino

2.  Random Acts of Kindness
Initiating Random Acts of Kindness is a great way to teach gratitude to your children, and is especially timely around the holidays. Ask your kids to come up with 5 acts of kindness. Then work one idea into your day each week. Keep it simple and make a plan to keep it manageable, rewarding and fun. Here are some simple ideas:

  • Make cookies for your mail carrier
  • Tape quarters to toy machines around town
  • Create artwork and mail it to out-of-town family members
  • Donate old toys to families in need
  • Have kids do chores to earn money and purchase gifts for kids in need
  • Bring hot cocoa to the Salvation Army employees collecting donations outside

3.  Gratitude – Write On!
Bring a notepad to dinner and ask family members to share what they are grateful/thankful for. Make a list as you go around the table. Hang the list on your refrigerator for a nice reminder all month long!

What are some of the ways you help your kids show gratitude?

Maria Dismondy, mother of two (and expecting a third soon), reading specialist, fitness instructor and bestselling children’s author living in Southeast Michigan

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1 Response to “Lessons in Gratitude During the Busy Holidays”


  1. 1 Anonymous November 6, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Such great ideas! How nice to learn that there are books on YouTube. Thank you, Maria!


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