November Kindness Of The Month – Family
True kindness and service to another person is more valuable than any treasure on earth.
We teach our family to be kind and to serve, which is one of the most important attributes we can give to them. It’s an investment of time and energy that’s never a waste, or unappreciated, even if things do not always go perfectly. If we keep at it, we will see amazing results in how our family reaches out to each other with kindness to each other.
This project is a wonderful way to bring attention by every member of your family to the many blessings they have in their own life, and also the blessing each person is to the family.
Sometimes in our family, life gets to hectic and crazy that it is easy to forget to let each other know how much we value the, what we like and appreciate about them. This is a very simple and wonderful activity that can hang up in your home as a reminder, or in the family member’s room.
It’s So Simple!
You’ll want to print off the I’m Grateful For sheet that looks like this – one per person:
And the sheet of Fall Leaves – I’ll explain and then you can decide how many leaves you will want:
12″ x 12″ cardstock, optional – this is a great pack to look at
Thin Sharpies like this pack give options so the writing will show up easily on the leaves
Clip boards, I LOVE having these on hand for all sorts of reasons, but you’ll see how I use them here
Let’s get started!
1- Explain to your family that it is a time to express gratitude in the United States for Thanksgiving and in other parts of the world they also celebrate times of Thankfulness. It is a wonderful tradition of remembering all we are blessed with; especially each other.
Regardless of where we live, or if we participate in the traditional Thanksgiving festivity, this is a tremendous activity for all of the family to spend a few minutes together.
2- Everyone is given the ‘I am Grateful For’ paper that has a leaf border, with lines to write on.
3- Give each person their own bordered paper with the lines that has the heading ‘I Am Grateful for’. Then ask your family to write whatever they want (ok…have them keep it off the ‘too silly’ radar if you can) that they are grateful for. You can be talking about what everyone is grateful for as they are writing. You could learn a lot. :-D It’s also a natural and perfect teaching moment, without preaching to remind of simple and grand blessings. For example: Of course God, my family, but then there are things like – I am SO grateful for flushing toilets (most kids can’t even conceive of not having this if they haven’t been camping, lol), grocery stores open past 10pm, cell phones with video to record my family and grand-kids, sunrises and sunsets I am able to see with my eyes, the breeze on my face, and the list goes on and on. See you can really get conversations going too!
4- Now, you can pre-cut out the leaves for time-sake, also depending on the ages of your family members.
Have enough leaves for every person to be able to write on ONE leaf to each person in the family. For example: I would write on a leaf to my handsome hubby Stan, and when my kids were all home, that would be five, so I would need six leaves for me, six for Stan and six for each of my five kids = a total of 42 leaves. There are 4 leaves on a page, so I would print out 11 pages, leaving a few extra for just in case we needed them.
5- Now for the next extraordinary and eye-opening experience of this very worthwhile time together as a family.
- Have one person be the focus, or spotlight at a time if possible with your time.
- For the model here, let’s say we are focusing on Stan. He would be a bit embarrassed as the rest of us choose any leaf we wanted, our sharpie, using a color that will stand out on the leaf, and write to dad/hubby/grandpa/uncle/friend (see how many uses this has!) an example of being thankful for him. We want to encourage specifics so that it’s not: he’s a great dad, he’s nice, etc. If your children are too young, or there are other circumstances requiring assistance, write for them.
This is where I love using the clip boards to put the leaf on to write to hold it and not risk any bleeding through onto my table, a book underneath or even denting my table by pushing with a pen. (I have the link above if you’d like to look at Amazon)
- Too many times we generalize and each of us tend to feel not special, too ordinary, possibly not even wanted in our own family. This activity can bring in tender feelings and incidents to mend hurts, soften relationships and stop sibling quarreling too – at least during this:)
- Pass the leaf to that person and then onto the next person, until everyone has been ‘spotlighted’ with a leaf.
Since the leaves are not large it isn’t intimidating to write something kind, nice and SINCERE.
*****You can write on the leaves once, or do this as a weekly activity during the month and keep adding leaves on the paper, or attach to a ribbon, on the closet door, the options are endless!
6- When all the leaves have been written on, now it’s time to assemble.
Have glue dots or glue sticks ready. (I have the link above if you’d like to look at Amazon)
Now it’s time to attach the bordered ‘I Am Grateful For’ paper to the center of the larger plain paper (I have the link above if you’d like to look at Amazon).
7- The fun really begins as each person attaches the leaves around THEIR paper with leaves that OTHERS wrote on! You can see the examples here.
I want to give a HUGE thank you to the Woll family for doing this tutorial, and allowing us to share their KINDNESS OF THE MONTH on AMS. You can see for yourself what a fabulous family they are! I am so GRATEFUL for their friendship!!!
You might also enjoy my Family Time-Family Home Evening (FHE) series as well as many other topics!
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2017
Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today
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