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.

Blessings, Dawn


  1. We had a similar moment this week. Except it was both my dd. So my dh had them write out 20 things they were greatful for. It lead to positive discussion. I like the idea of have a chart and may implement it!

  2. Wow. God must have sent this idea straight to you because this idea is so full of wisdom it has to be from Him.

    I have a kid "just" like that. This is an awesome idea. I can't thank you enough.

    If He sends you any more brainstorms/nuggets of gold like this, please make sure you tell me.


  3. May I say that I know a few people who could have benifited by having a great mom like you? What a great idea to build or change a character trait!



  4. That is SO exciting! I believe gratefulness is a habit like anything else. Keep it going and nourish it and you'll see more and more exciting results!

  5. That is wonderful! What a great idea you had. I have a child who has that same pessimistic nature. Nothing seems to be quite satisfying for her. Maybe I should institute a "one thing we are grateful for" each day during dinner.

    Thanks for sharing. I hope it continues to go so well!


  6. What a simple yet cute and effective idea! I love it. I actually got some pink heart post-its for a gift and never used them (yet). I think we;ll do this with them and hang them up for awhile on the schoolroom wall to help to keep their hearts thankful!



  7. Wow. that is great. I have one like that. He is never happy, it seems! I should try this! GREATidea!

  8. Dawn,

    This is wonderful! Is is so heart-warming when a child makes progress in an area like that. I am so happy for you.

    When one of ours is being ungrateful in the midst of something good, we call him Puddle Glum.

    We are also about to begin our annual Thanksgiving Tree and put up leaves every day until Thanksgiving lisitng the things for which we are thankful.

    Have a great weekend!


  9. WHOO HOOO!! Don't you just love it when they start to get it?!

    I love this idea. I may have to snitch it. I've noticed some character traits in my 13 yr old that are not very attractive. I've been praying and researching on different ways to tackle this problem. This may be part of the answer.

    Thank you for sharing your victory with us. It gives me hope!!


  10. That is a fantastic idea. You are very creative! And PTL! Seeing fruit is always a joy.


  11. What an awesome idea! I am glad that your child has found somethings to be grateful for. Somedays,I could use this myself. (-:

    Blessings to you,


  12. I'm happy for your breakthrough, I think I can implement your idea in my home too..... thanks!

  13. That is so wonderful! :-) I'm glad the exercise has wiggled its way in there.

    Jen @ The Punmaster's Palace

  14. Neat idea! Glad you are seeing some changes of attitude.



  15. every night after my kids finish saying their prayers I ask them what the best part of their day is. It aloows them to think of all the blessings that have happened to them. I love your idea and may add that to their routine also.

  16. Sounds like a good idea for us too!

  17. What a great idea. We do this every Thanksgiving, but it would be a great reminder throughout the year. It's so great it worked a miracle for your little one. I pray it continues to bless him.

    As usual, you have lots of great projects to inspire.


  18. Ohhh what a GREAT project to do with your kids. I just LOVE it. I will have to try to do the same soon. And to hear how your son got better and better. Wahoo !! I bet he will remember this as such a fond memory of his when he grows up. [0=

    Blessings and ((HUGS))

    In Him <><


  19. How wonderful, Dawn! I'm so happy for you and for your child. Not only that something that can have such a negative impact on their life down the road was caught, but that it is so easily managed and encouraged. What a great idea! Truly inspired. :)

    Have a lovely week!

    God Bless,


  20. That's wonderful!! God really is Great!!

    Michelle in Japan

  21. What a great idea!!! I may borrow this one.