Ever since my 17 year old was tiny, we tried to instill a sense of gratitude. We tried to make sure "please" and "thank you" were always used. As our brood of boys got bigger I realized the importance a small show of gratitude and manners would be. They are boys. Big, dirty, hairy, stinky boys - and I love them all!
We've had many holes in the drywall in our home due to hotwheel car crashes, things flying that should not have been flying, doors being opened with too much muscle behind it, the list goes on. These kinds of things I could see were going to be unavoidable. What I could attempt to conquer was a sense of gratitude.
Now, they are not perfect by any stretch - believe me! And like a lot of kids today that sense of entitlement and "I want it now because so-and-so has it" seems to rear its ugly head. However, they almost always open the door for me and offer to help in various ways. They are always quick to say "Thank You" when Grandma & Grandpa surprise them with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts - just because. My favorite 3 words are "Thank you, Mom" because inside that Thank You is a whole lot of LOVE.
Have a fantastic Thanksgiving Weekend with your family and friends and THANK YOU for allowing us to be part of your life!
--Miss Amy :)
Miss Amy: I love teaching kids and watching that "A-ha!" moment happen when all the dots connect and the light bulb goes on! There's nothing better!