One last special word, especially for type-A moms who like things just so (me too!): Raising kids has helped me realize when my self-imposed quality standards can be reduced to reality. If the paint dries quicker than you were expecting, let it go. If the ink smears as your little one applies her handprint, it’s really, truly okay. We want them to understand that showing gratitude is the point here, and that their simple act of kindness will bless both them and the recipient, even if the handprint looks like a sea creature instead!


Growing Together in Gratitude, Barbara Rainey
Give Thanks to the Lord, Karma Wilson, Amy June Bates
Grateful: A Story of Giving Thanks, John Bucchino, Anna-Lisa Hakkarainen
Thank You, God, for Blessing Me, Max Lucado
Thank You, God, for Loving Me, Max Lucado
Thank You, God, P. K. Hallinan
Thank You, God: A Year of Blessings and Prayers for Little Ones, Sophie Allsopp
Selections From One Thousand Gifts: Finding Joy in What Really Matters, Ann Voskamp

Kendra Fletcher is the homeschooling mother of eight, aged 19 down to 4. She has never known what it means to homeschool without the presence of preschoolers and loves to encourage other moms who are beginning their homeschool journeys with little ones underfoot. Kendra reviews for the TOS Homeschool Crew and is the author of a popular E-Book about creating a Circle Time for your homeschool. Her website and blog can be found at

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free at or read it on the go and download the free apps at to read the magazine on your mobile devices

Publication date: May 29, 2013