Slow Saturdays – Three Good Things

Slow Saturdays is a weekly challenge related to slow parenting. The challenges are intended to break down a large project into smaller, more manageable pieces. Try it for yourself. You are, as always, encouraged to post comments. Tell us your story.

Inherent in slowing down is the space to reflect, savour life, and ultimately be happier. Which is why I was grateful (!) to find this video about inspiring gratitude in children. Christine Carter, author of the blog Raising Happiness, speaks about how gratitude can help children be happier. Of course, when parents think about teaching gratitude it also makes them consider how they are modelling the skill. And when everyone in the house practices gratitude, the household will hopefully be a happier place.

I really liked her idea of ‘Three Good Things’ – the idea that children name three good things about their day before they go to sleep. We have been doing this randomly with the Bear to counteract negativity we encounter. After watching the video it made me think that ritualizing gratitude with something like ‘Three Good Things’ would be an easy addition to our day.

The Challenge – Watch the video and incorporate a regular form of gratitude into each day this week. If your children are older, perhaps use dinner time as an opportunity to ask them about their three good things during the day. If your children are pre-schoolers like the Bear, perhaps use bedtime as a chance to talk about the good things they experienced. Or, maybe you want to start a gratitude journal for yourself.

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