To build a sense of gratefulness into your daily family life, consider a family gratitude journal. Decorate it with photos of your family and keep it in a central spot, such as the kitchen table. A few times a week, encourage members of the family to jot down things they’re grateful for. Spelling doesn’t count, and you don’t need to write in complete sentences. Items can be small—time to play outside before dinner—or large—an upcoming vacation. Younger children can dictate their ideas to older siblings or parents or draw them. Every so often, before dinner or bedtime, read some of the past entries out loud and remember together just how much you have to give thanks for.
by Annemarie Scobey, from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the 2010 General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association. Here’s a sample issue.