It’s hard to believe that November has arrived and with it the start of the holiday season. In October we celebrate the beginning of fall and all things Halloween, but now we get to count down the days to Thanksgiving and quality time with loved ones, a delicious meal and maybe a football game or two. But there’s more to Thanksgiving and this season is a great time to start to instill a grateful attitude in our children.
On Thanksgiving, we celebrate and give thanks for the lives that we lead. No matter your situation, we can always find something to be grateful for. If your children are anything like mine, they are constantly asking for something, and it’s usually something they don’t need or already have plenty of. At the ages of 3 and 4, I am trying very hard to teach them about needs versus wants, as well as how to be grateful for what we already have.
This month, we will put this lesson into action with Cincinnati Parent’s 30 Days of Thanks.
We’d love for you to join us this month and spend a little time each day giving thanks! You can format it however you like, but we’ve put together a list that we started as an annual tradition last year that can help you out. What better way to spend this season of thankfulness than to show our appreciate to those in our lives that make a difference, all while teaching our kids a thing or two at the same time.
We wish you a safe, happy and grateful November! And be sure to use the hashtag #CincyParent30DaysofThanks to share your experience!
A native Cincinnatian, Andrea has experienced life in all four corners of this city. After growing up on the west side, she headed north to attend Miami University, then moved east to Hyde Park and now lives in Northern Kentucky with her family.
When she’s not playing trains and doing the “hot dog dance” as a stay-at-home mom to her two toddlers, Andrea is busy writing for Cincinnati (and, ahem, Kentucky!) publications and brainstorming ideas for her next children’s book! With a newfound passion for fitness and overall health, she spends a lot of time at her family gym and loves to play outside.
Andrea worked in education for several years and has a special love for children’s literature. She loves showing her children all our city has to offer and enjoys sharing her finds with other parents. Her favorite spots include the Cincinnati Zoo (although she steers clear of the bird house), her local library and any playground.