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!!!
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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.