November 8, 2013

What does it mean to be thankful?


Growing up, saying thank you and please was drilled into my head. Some of the first words I taught Little Miss were those same two words. But what does it mean to really be thankful?


Teaching our kids manners is one thing, who doesn't want a polite kid? Teaching the meaning of being thankful to an almost four year old (the one year old doesn't count yet) is another story. To attempt this huge feat (in my eyes anything to do with the Little Miss is a huge feat) we created a new tradition in our house.  The "Be Thankful" board.



Our Be Thankful board is a huge board hanging in our living room. Every day each person in our family has to think of something they are thankful for and write it down. Yes, we are only doing this in the month of November (for now).  With little kiddos, you have to start small, but starting is the key to success.  We still try to instill a sense of thankfulness daily year round by being good examples.  We plan on starting a tradition of giving in our house too.  I think Halloween helped to teach me that even at almost four (an age where I personally thought being selfish was just in their nature), a child is happy giving without receiving.






Our giant board was also super easy to make! The most time consuming thing was waiting for the paint to dry!  This little sucker was a $4.95 mirror I found at a thrift store!! It was one of those tall mirrors that belongs on a dresser (you know that style, the one that is no longer cool?). And because those mirrors are "uncool" they are cheap and easy to find! 


Slap a little white craft paint and some (of course) chalkboard paint on that sucker and you have a giant board for all seasons. Thanksgiving? It's a thankful board. Christmas? Countdown, advent calendar, card holder, and on!! To say I'm excited over this project is an understatement! It also has a home on a wall that I plan on making into a big gallery wall, and this project totally kick started that project (because as I type this, it looks kinda silly being the only thing on that poor wall).



Teaching thankfulness is something that doesn't happen in a single month, for anyone. But a daily reminder right now as we enter into a holiday of gift giving (both kids have winter birthdays) is something I'm excited to start with my family, even if one of them was only thankful for "lions and giraffes" today. 

~enjoy
xo Stacie

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15 comments:

  1. Love love love this new board, I NEED ONE!!!!!! I think i might even forgoe sleep one day (i work 3rd shift) to go thrift shopping. :) I blame you lol

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    1. Thanks Shannon!! The kids (well Little Miss) are even having fun with it! And you can totally blame me, and I'll even go with you!! :)

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  2. like - Brandi

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  3. How clever to turn the mirror into a chalkboard!

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    1. Thanks! I really like your Give Thanks banner! So easy to make and really pretty!

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  4. LOVE this! our advent calendar is actually similar in concept! so sweet!

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    1. Thank you! I love how you stamped on the feathers! I would of never thought that!

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  5. This is so cute! Love how you strung the jute too.

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    1. Thank you! I use that stuff EVERYWHERE! :)

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  6. I love your mirror turned chalkboard - it's a great shape and style. Very unique. And useful throughout the year, too!

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait to turn it into an advent calendar for Christmas!

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  7. Very cool chalkboard and even cooler thankful project! Way to teach 'em young!

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    1. Thanks! I try! I'll have to recap what The littles are thankful for because I'm pretty sure dinosaurs is on the list. :) I really liked your felt banner and I might have to make one for a special fourth birthday coming up!

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  8. Oooh, that is an awesome chalkboard makeover! I want one now, too. And how great to bring the kids in on your thankful project.

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