"Awareness breeds discontent".  When we become more aware of things that others have, or things that others do, we can become discontent with our lives.  As a parent, you can model thanksgiving when you thank God for what you have.  As you or your child sees "things" that others have, take the step to stop and thank God for something you have.  Do you complain about your outdated kitchen? Do you gripe over your lack of shoe options?  If you don’t set an example of gratitude, don’t expect it from your kids.


As we enter this month of Thanksgiving, spend some time together as a family to help grow gratitude in your children.  Here are some ideas to try. 

Make a Thankful Jar:  Find a container and some paper and a pencil.  Have them in a place everyone can see.  As you see God do something, answer a prayer, or have a time when you are thankful for something, write it down and place it in the jar.  Pick a time to read those as a family - you can do this once a month or maybe a New Year tradition of reading them as the new year starts. 

Thanksgiving Activities for Family: Donations, memory leaves, and links to Thanksgiving are just a few ideas to do as a family during the month. 

Thanksgiving Traditions for a Family-Focused Holiday:  Make a new tradition that emphasizes families growing together and focuses on being thankful. 

Thanksgiving Family Games:  Take a few minutes on Thanksgiving and play a game with everyone to remind everyone why we celebrate.  

additional resources

Focus on the Family

Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. It provides help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.

Family Life

FamilyLife's mission is to help people change the world one home at a time. Created on the principle that the family provides the foundation for society, the ministry offers a wide range of tools to help families become stronger.

Plugged In

Plugged In is a Focus on the Family publication designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which they live.
Proverbs 31 Ministries

A great resource for ladies to be inspired and encouraged in their faith.

Midnight Mom Devotional 

Devotions for the mom who is up in the middle of the night