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This article is a great start for exploring ways to be more content with the gifts God gives. You could try keeping a gratitude journal open on the kitchen counter and sharing what your kids have written in it at random mealtimes as great encourager.
Involving your kids in giving through volunteering or donating also teaches them to be grateful for the abundance God provides. Let them see you always saying thank you to others, and teach your kids to thank others.
An honest thank-you is good medicine for a world in need. When they make the call to thank the relative they haven’t felt close to, remind them that gratitude is a spiritual muscle they’re strengthening. It will help them be strong when troubles come.
Try setting the tone yourself. Regularly say, “you know what I’m grateful for?” and by this practice, point out a world of blessings to appreciate.
This may be an area where your kids push back, because prayer is a personal thing. But let them see you praying sometimes...for forgiveness when you mess up, for peace over their challenges, for healing in a friendship that has them distraught. But don’t only pray for yourself, and over them, ask them to pray with you. Ask them to pray for you.
When they bring you issues that are so much larger than either of you, encourage them to pray in their own heart in words their heavenly Father will most certainly hear. Above all, if we’ve done our job well, we point our kids’ toward God for guidance, not us. Their lives are his, and prayer is the life skill that honors this eternal bond.
Maybe this short list of 10 life skills stirs up others that are specific to your own kids. I hope this reminds you that you have an ultimate parent rooting for you. He gave you this role for a time, and he trusts you to trust him with your children.
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