The "Michigan" Crisps have been doing this same thing, and we have added some other times to share thankfulness. For instance, after Olivia gets out of time out for hitting her sitter, she's got to tell me one thing that she's thankful for about Esther. And when Garrett was complaining about his dinner, because he HATES chicken, I asked him to share something he was thankful for. Here's how the conversation went:
Garrett: "NO, I don't want to!"
Mom: "Ok, you can go to time-out and while you're there think about something to be thankful for and share it with us then."
Garrett: "Ok, ok, I'm thankful for JESUS!" He says very angrily.
Mom: "OH, Buddy, He's a great thing to be thankful for! Why are you thankful for Jesus?"
Garrett: "Because He's in my heart." He says with conviction.
Back up to his seat he went and didn't complain about his dinner again. He didn't even fight eating it after that! Then we all took turns giving thanks. So a big THANKS to Erin for sharing a great idea in parenting.
Now some recent shots of the kids.
Garrett at the Salem Co. Pancake Breakfast. It was put on by the fire dept. and the kids had a great time touring the firehouse. Right after this shot was taken Garrett fell like a ton of bricks because the suit was so heavy. I wished I had the video camera!