“I’m grateful for family and friends,” was my 7-year-old son’s last gratitude journal entry at the end of the school year.
Each night, before I turn on his meditation music he writes something he is grateful for on a notebook that stays on his nightstand. We started this routine at the beginning of the school year and by Christmas, he started to skip days which turned into weeks.
Around spring break, he suddenly started to write entries in his journal. Things happened during the break that inspired him and the journal was still sitting right by his bed to help him capture the moment.
He finished the school year with intermittent entries.
By not putting too much pressure on him keeping a journal and starting with a simple approach, he was able to create a journal that he can share and reminisce about the 2ndgrade.
Gratitude Journal is a book for recognizing, appreciating, and recording pleasant occurrences, blessings, and moments of authentic happiness and contentment.
In a study, these tips will help them reap the greatest rewards from maintaining their journals:
Here’s my approach so far:
What are your children grateful for? Have them start writing it down. You’ll be surprised how many things they have to put on their lists. The best part is they will love to share their journals with others and use it to remember how they felt during the year.
Originally published at www.citybornsouthernliving.com on June 6, 2017.
Originally published at medium.com