Thursday, September 11, 2008
Show and Tell ~ Grateful Heart
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I didn't think I had anything to Show and Tell today. Then something amazing happened. Well, amazing to me. Here is some history first.
A few weeks ago, I was thinking about what character traits were weak in my children and what to do about it. One of my children has a real problem with being grateful. This child tends to think of the worst instead of the best. Even when good things happen, this child can miss them or doesn't show appreciation.
I decided to start a daily Grateful Heart Chart where we write out something that each of us is grateful for on sticky notes (heart shaped) and place our sticky notes on the chart. All the children and I do it so that no one will be singled out. Also, it sets a great example for the one. Wow! The first week was rough. This child cried every time I asked what made him/her happy or grateful. The first day it took 5 minutes for this child to come up with something. Sheesh! I knew we had a problem but how bad could it be? Each day has gotten a little easier, and I have started to see gratitude flow more into daily life with this child.
THEN THIS MORNING ~ It was this child's turn and s/he listed off 10 things to be grateful for!! When I remarked how wonderful it was that s/he had thought of so many things, s/he told me that s/he could think of more if I liked!! WooHoo! I think we have a breakthrough.
I don't think this is over, since it seems to be a real character trait of this child. However, I am overjoyed that something so easy is having an impact.