Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU!
As we enter into the holiday season, it is so important to Count our BLESSINGS and to teach our children to do the same! I have so much to be thankful for each and every day. First of all I am thankful for my wonderful parents, who have taught me to work hard and never give up on my dreams. Although we will not get to celebrate Thanksgiving together this year, I will be visiting them in the near future.
My life is totally complete because of my husband, Steve. He is the most caring, thoughtful, and supportive husband a wife could only dream of marrying. Along with my sweet husband I gained a smart, funny, hard working son named Fred. In 2014 our family was blessed with our sweet daughter in law, Shu. I am also blessed with many wonderful friends and relatives and a great church family.
It is not the material things in life that matter, but the relationships we build. I learned this at a very young age. It is my life dream, to help children in today’s world learn to build positive relationships. I encourage you to teach your children to appreciate what is most important in their lives.
“Where do I start?” you may ask. You are your child’s first role model. It begins with your own actions. Examine how you, yourself treat others. Children learn from what they see and hear. Teach children manners. It is important to say thank you and show others that they are appreciated.
I realize we live in a digital world, but sending thank you notes and letters of appreciation is still a great way to show thankfulness. Adults don’t care if the note has misspelled words or incorrect grammar. Young children can draw a picture to show their thanks. It is the thought that matters.
Volunteer in your community and take your children along with you. Many food pantries, animal shelters, and other organizations need help this time of year. It is important to teach children that many people are not as fortunate as they may be.
Begin a daily or weekly way of discussing things you are most thankful for in your life. For example, at dinner time each person needs to share something they are thankful for about their day. Create a Family Grateful Jar. When someone has something special they are thankful for, they write it down or draw a picture and place it in the jar. Start a family tradition and share the jar contents on the same day each week.
We do live in a fast pace world. However, I encourage you to slow down and teach your children the important things in life.
Count your BLESSINGS one by one.
At the end of the day …
When it has all been done.
Life will be easier …wait and see.
Being THANKFUL is the KEY!
Until next time,
Dawn Young Ed.S