Heading into the Thanksgiving season it’s inevitable that we all get overwhelmed with the stress, scheduling and emotional and financial demands of the holidays. A great way to help combat this is to create a basket of things for which you and your kids are all grateful.
Whenever you’re hanging out with your kids, whether it’s around the dinner table or during carpool, and the conversation lulls, share something that you’re grateful for and ask them to do the same. Write each idea on a slip of paper and collect them in a basket. Your ideas can be serious or funny, deep or superficial, as long as they’re genuine. As the slips of paper add up, they will become a great place to go whenever someone is feeling crazed or overwhelmed. Read them on your own or together, send a crabby kid to go read a few on their own, or use them as a vehicle for deeper conversations. Not only are they fun to go back and read, but are a powerful way to get some balance back in your day during these hectic times.