Amidst the end- of- year schedule, our school celebrated Thanksgiving. We didn’t host a the traditional Thanksgiving…
We invited our guests to a Thanksgiving assembly, presented by the students. These guests included the parents, citizens of the community and businessmen who step in, often behind the scenes, to help us in countless ways. This assembly had a two- fold purpose.
Firstly, it was a tangible way of expressing our appreciation and recognizing the role these stakeholders play.
Secondly, the assembly was part of the Values Programme that the school runs.
A side bonus is that from a grateful attitude stems joy and contentment, which literally overflows into other spheres.
Did our practiced assembly come across as superficial? No, because it’s the same giving-heart that has encompassed the year. It’s not a new practice. It’s merely a more public acknowledgement of the kindness and generosity to us.
In closing, how does one instill a life- long heart of gratitude in young children?
A few thoughts, which is by no means an exhaustive list:
~by being thankful in all situations, especially the tough situations.
~by modelling the values you’d like to see in your children, even when it hurts.
~by providing opportunities to express their gratitude.
In a money-hungry, often greedy world, what are your thoughts on ways to instill positive values in children?