We just celebrated my DS's birthday this weekend. He was born 9 weeks early, and is now a happy, healthy 4 year old, which we are very thankful for. Thinking about that, as well as with Thanksgiving coming up, I have started a gratitude practice with DS - at bedtime, we cuddle and tell each other what our favorite part of the day was. He totally runs with this, and starts talking about his favorite part of the afternoon and evening. It's really nice to end the day on this positive note. Does anyone else share a gratitude practice with their families?
I do this with my son. He's 7 now and we started it about 3-4 yrs old.
I love it b/c then I can probe for more info about his school day!!!
He loves it and on the occasion I don't tuck him in DH tells me that I need to go in and talk with him about our day. I love it b/c it gives us some one on one time with no little screaming girls interupting!!!
That's awesome, I hope that our gratitude practice can grow like yours has! I never thought about the school day angle, that's a great idea, too! I was inspired to do this by a friend who plays "Rose and Thorn" with her daughter. That's where each person says what they enjoyed most about their day, and then what they enjoyed least. Since I've had DS, I have been trying very hard to keep things positive, so we just do the "rose" part:-)
I find the exercise useful to cheer up my 8 yo dd, if she's down about something. And, I agree that it often leads into discussion about my kid's days or even leads to a closeness where they feel able to open up about various issues or questions they have.