By Local Mom Scoop
As a parent, I didn’t realize how many times a day I would have to remind my children to say “Thank You” or to be “Thankful For What You Have”.
I’m sure this was a chapter in the “How To Raise A Kid Handbook” they forgot to give me when I came out of the hospital. I know that I want to raise my kids to be thoughtful, kind and thankful. But what’s the best way?
Without my handbook, I decided to start the tradition of the Thankful Tree. My kids live in a world of “I WANT, I WANT, I WANT” and their birthdays are right before Thanksgiving, so it’s parties, presents and cake for at least 2 weeks in November and then Christmas is right around the corner.
The first year of the Thankful Tree was a printable Dora Tree off the Nick Jr. website which was perfect. But last year, my oldest was learning to write, so I thought she could write her own thankful notes. We took a field trip to Michael’s for all of our materials. (You can download the app for coupons and deals.) The fake flower section had all types of tree designing materials. I grabbed a bundle of branches that I thought would hold our Thankful Notes.
The kids ran to the loose paper section (scrap booking I think) picking out all different fun paper prints like chocolate chip cookies, popcorn, and blue and brown paper to match the table decor. I grabbed some raffia rope and we checked out.
The girls and I cut out leaf shapes, wrote thanks you’s, punched holes in the paper and tied the raffia rope to the leaf to be hung.
It was amazing to see their thanks. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends were all on the leaves.
Oh yes! And Disney World. I hope to get more leaves on the tree this year as the kids grow and understand more. It was such a fun project to do with my family who I’m truly thankful for. Make your own Thankful Tree and be creative as you want.