Thanksgiving and National Family Week All in One
To say this week before Thanksgiving is a busy week is an understatement for families and teachers! In addition to all of the events associated with Thanksgiving, this week is also known as National Family Week. If you’re wondering how to add one more celebratory event to your list, consider this simple way to capture the essence of both Thanksgiving and National Family Week.
From completing schoolwork, preparing for family celebrations, and in many cases, packing for holiday travel, families and teachers are stretched to the max with endless details. In the wee small hours of the morning, we make list after list of things to be done before Thursday’s Thanksgiving celebration. From school art projects to table decorations, Thanksgiving is a time of actions and activities for everyone in the family. It’s easy to become overwhelmed. Adding actions to acknowledge National Family Week can feel like too much.
A Gratitude Attitude: The Common Denominator
When you focus on what really matters for Thanksgiving and National Family Week, one common denominator makes it easy to combine both special events. A Gratitude Attitude does the trick.
- It’s not about the brine on the turkey so much as it’s about having a healthy family to sit around the table. Stop to be grateful.
- It’s not about finding parking for the tree lighting ceremony so much as it’s about seeing those lights reflected in the amazing looks on your kids’ faces. Stop to be grateful.
- It’s not about the traffic jam leaving the city so much as it’s about the fact that your family has somewhere to go in a nice warm car. Stop to be grateful.
- It’s not about delayed flights so much as it’s about living in a place where we can travel safely and freely from place to place. Stop to be grateful.
- It’s not so much about wedging in that last art project of pilgrim hats from your lesson plan so much as it’s about the chance to teach kids to find their own gratitude attitude. Stop to be grateful.
A Gratitude Attitude Diffuses Stress
If you are feeling stressed, stop. Take one moment to acknowledge the many aspects of your life that deserve your gratitude. You’ll be amazed at how quickly stress evaporates. Adopting a Gratitude Attitude helps put stress into perspective. Being thankful for all of the good takes energy and focus—and where better to pull that energy and focus from than the stressful events that had been draining you? If you let your Gratitude Attitude shine through, you’ll notice you cannot feel gratitude and anger at the same time.
A Gratitude Attitude is Contagious!
With a Gratitude Attitude, your cup will seem instantly half full. You’ll also notice that when you articulate something you’re grateful for, you’re likely to catch the attention of those around you. With your Gratitude Attitude at front and center, you gain the power to help those around you tap into their own Gratitude Attitudes! Gratitude is catchy and it spreads every time to share some of yours.
Share Some Gratitude
As teachers and families, there are many ways to instill a Gratitude Attitude in kids—especially at the time of year. Consider these suggestions between now and the end of the year:
- Be a strong role model: Choose a consistent time each day to share one thing that you are grateful for with your own kids. Around the breakfast or dinner table, in the car after school, or as backpacks are assembled are simple times to weave this in.
- Encourage kids to find their own Gratitude Attitudes: Assign one student the honor of finding and sharing one example of a Gratitude Attitude each day. Give kids notice or assign in advance a child for a given day.
- Make gratitude a habit: By folding in the Gratitude Attitude to daily actions, you’ll help students form this habit.
- Show visual reminders: With all that’s going on, reminders help us tap into our Gratitude Attitudes. Use the freebie posters included in this blog to print out visual reminders. Tack one on the classroom door, by the cubbies, in your own line of vision during the day, and near the sink or the student mailboxes. At home, pop one on the bathroom mirror and the refrigerator door! You’ll be amazed at how much these reminders help spark your Gratitude Attitude.
- Choose give back times carefully: This time of year is a popular time for giving back. It can seem like everyone’s asking you to create a giving project, donate mittens, add a toy to their drive, or to figure out another way to help students grasp the need to give and share. Thanksgiving is a great time of year for this, yet so are the other 364 days! If this time proves too hectic for you, choose a different time. Valentine’s Day, Earth Day, and the end of the school year are also great times to set up a give back project.
Gratitude Attitude Freebie Posters
Enjoy these Gratitude Attitude freebie posters. Print them, post them, share them, and make them into screensavers! These are just a few of the quotations our team collects and designs for teachers and families to enjoy as part of our PeachQuotes Studio™.
Teacher Gifts Show Gratitude, Too
If you want to help your child show gratitude to a special teacher during this holiday season, browse teacherpeach.com for many products that focus on gratitude. These special gifts are economical ways to express your gratitude to those who do so much for our kids.
Our Own Gratitude Attitude
While Teacher Peach makes really great accessory products for really great teachers, during this busy time of year, the most important accessory you can choose is your Gratitude Attitude! As Teacher Peach embarks on this busy holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we are sporting our own Gratitude Attitude.
We express our gratefulness to our many readers of teacherpeachblog.com and the many loyal customers of teacherpeach.com. Your support of our commitment to teachers and educators means a great deal to us and keeps us going every day! Thank you. With our deepest appreciation, we wish you and your family a healthy and happy Thanksgiving week.
Check Out These Links
These four articles contain some interesting and easy-to-do ideas for helping to instill a Gratitude Attitude in kids.
- 11 Tips for Instilling True Gratitude in Your Kids
- Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom
- Teaching Thankfulness and Gratitude
- 12 Tips for Teaching Children Gratitude
To learn more about National Family Week, check out this link.