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Writing On Wednesday ~ Teach Your Child Gratitude With This Simple Writing Idea

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My Gratitude Jotter

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My gratitude jotter is one of my most treasured journals. It is a simple way to quickly and easily jot down things you are thankful for on a daily basis. Often, I don’t have time for journaling, but I can take a couple of minutes to jot. ūüôā

Here is what the jotter looks like on the inside…

Write the date in the blue box at the top. Jot a list of things you are thankful for from that day. At the bottom there is a green box in case you want to jot down some notes about the day. It’s that easy.

It is very refreshing to look back through my pages and count my blessings.

Gratefulness is learned. Children can begin to cultivate the character trait of gratefulness by writing down the things they are thankful for each day. They can be taught to look beyond their toys and games and see the many things that can be easily taken for granted.

Once I was challenged to consider this question: What if you woke up in the morning and the only things you had were the things you gave thanks for the day before? Wow! That shifts the perspective, doesn’t it? If you have trouble counting your blessings, think about that. Don’t limit yourself to things you can see; look at the unseen gifts ~ peace, love, joy, faith, etc.

I think a jotter is a great tool for a child to use to write meaningfully in an easy, simple way. They begin to learn how important and powerful written words can be, touching the heart, creating memories, and developing character. It’s a great way to introduce them to journaling too.

Two ideas:

1) Give your child a jotter and show them how to use it. Have a time each day, like after dinner or just before bed or first thing in the morning, to write in the jotter. Let them see you write in your jotter too.

2) Have a jotter for each child and regularly write down things about them for which you are grateful ~ your kindness, trimming the bushes, cooking dinner, your service to our neighbors, your music ~ can you imagine how powerfully affirming that would be to a child? Words have power and can be used to make an incredible impact on the heart of a child. What a treasure to have mom or dad’s affirmations written down as a keepsake for the future. Your words can live on… if they are written down.

Happy Jotting!

Kay

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A Not So Happy Father’s Day?

willingness2I’ve been burdened today for those for whom today is not a happy Father’s Day. I’m blessed with a good father, but I have sat through many counseling sessions to learn how to deal with my damaged heart that needed to forgive some other significant people in my life.¬†I knew forgiveness was the key, but I never could figure out how to get to¬†that point ~ until I became willing. In my experience willingness was the first key to my healing. I had to pray for willingness. I prayed that God would make me willing to forgive. Once I was willing to forgive, I was able to extend forgiveness.

Forgiving someone doesn’t mean that you are excusing wrong¬†behavior. Rather, it releases YOU to a forgivenessplace of freedom. That person, that bitterness, those resentments no longer have a hold on you. You are free. Pray for willingness, dear one. Take the first step on the road to freedom today. I am praying for you.

With lots of love,

Kay

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“When am I ever going to need to know this?”

“When am I ever going to need to know this?” is a post from www.homeschoolreadingspecialist.com


I frequently hear this question from my older children while they are doing math lessons, but today I would like to share a conversation I had with my 17-year-old this morning that shows how grammar can make a big impact in everyday life.

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This morning I was getting ready for the day when my 17-year-old daughter burst through the bathroom door and blurted out, Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s Been One Of Those Years

 

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Yesterday I administered a test to a child that I have been testing for a couple of years. His math score was down more than a grade level from the previous year. During a break, I showed his mom his “scratch” paper so she could see what was happening.

Her reply: It’s been one of those years, Kay. When I learned something was going on with my son, I¬†let some things go as I dealt with and came to terms with “it” (fill in your own word for “it”; we’ve all been there and if we’re not, we will be sometime). ¬†Then we had OT once a week all year. It was just once a week, but Read the rest of this entry »

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