SMALL CHANGE IS ALL ABOUT DOING THIS PARENTING THING TOGETHER. MEET KATIE HOLLAND, OUR GUEST BLOGGER.
I’m pretty cheap. I mean frugal. No actually, I’ll be honest I am cheap. My kids are constantly wondering why they can’t have their own cell phone, ipad, or even their own drink when we go to Chick-Fil-A. The truth is, I am too cheap to buy everyone their own kids meal, so I get a few adult meals and we all share. Drinks, too. They don’t like it, but thankfully they have learned to deal with it. And with free refills at most restaurants it shouldn’t be a big deal. Having a large family just means we all have to make sacrifices. BUT we still have so much to be thankful for.
And being thankful is what I am talking about. Are my kids grateful for everything??? Of course not. I mean, I am raising human beings after all. I don’t think I am perfectly grateful for all that I have either. But I try to be, and I think I am slowly learning.
And that’s how it is done. Teaching gratitude, I mean. The only true way to teach it, is through example. I try to constantly remind my kids, and myself, how many blessings and gifts we have. There are days when I actually just spontaneously start speaking OUT LOUD gratitude for all the things I have; THANK YOU FOR THIS COUCH, THANK YOU FOR THIS TV, Thank you for this delicious cold glass of ICE TEA, that was on sale 2 for 5 this week. My kids think I am delirious. I probably am. But it is fun.
Then they start doing it. THANK YOU FOR THIS VIDEO GAME. THANK YOU FOR THIS REALLY LOUD TOY, THAT ANNOYS EVERYONE, (now we are shouting it really loud.) THANK YOU FOR ICE CREAM. (I get the hint, and start getting the cones out.) THANK YOU FOR OUR POOL. THANK YOU FOR TAYLOR SWIFT.
Then the real fun starts. Because as soon as someone starts being thankful for music. The family dance party starts. Its totally free, totally fun, and will be a lasting memory of how the BEST THINGS in LIFE really are free. Being grateful for what we have, doesn’t cost a single dime.
Katie Holland has five young kids who are constantly teaching her lessons in gratitude, love, patience and joy. She recently started a blog and you can read her musings at www.disciplechic.com