INSIDE: How to put a focus on gratitude all November-long with a fun and affordable family gratitude pumpkin.
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November 1st – the day after Halloween. Those creatively-carved pumpkins have caved in, the kids are high on crappy sugar and a later-than-normal bedtime, and mom and dad have been secretly feasting on the kids candy stash. Oh, fun times 🙄
After a day of asking random neighbors for a handful of teeth-rotting treats, November 1st is the perfect opportunity to shift the focus from asking to thanking. The guilt from too many mini candy bars aside, it’s a great time for a little self-reflection. And maybe also a jog around the block. #halloweenguilt
How to Easily Focus on Gratitude all November-Long
It can be hard to go inwards. Every day on the way to school, with all three kids “trapped” in the car, I ask them what they are grateful for that morning. More often than not, I’m met with “Umm”, “I don’t know” or my personal favorite, “Nothing”.
Determined to make my young family a little more appreciative in this season of gratitude and bounty, I plucked an extra pumpkin for the patch and quietly hid it away from any carving knifes or acrylic paints.
On November 1st, I pulled that gourd out and set it for my I-don’t-know-what-I’m-grateful-for family to see.
How to Teach Kids Gratitude with $5 Pumpkin
Next to this bright orange pumpkin, I placed a Sharpie marker.
And so as not to confuse anyone, I added a couple scrapbook paper leaves around the pumpkin’s stem and wrote “I’m grateful for…”.
Throughout November, we would all jot down things we were grateful for. From being appreciative of books to weekends and BFFs to a new iPhone, turns out my family has a lot to be thankful for!
Go figure. 😉
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