I woke up this morning, and said my two favorite “wake up” affirmations to start my day:(“Thank you bed for a wonderful night’s rest.” and “Thank you God, for this beautiful day. There will be time for everything I need to do today.”) and I thought,’How can I get my boys to start their days off with gratitude each morning as well?
Then I thought about making these gratitude notes. I quickly grabbed my handy post it notes and a sharpie and wrote them a “wake up” gratitude note and stuck it on their lamp shades next to their bed before they woke up.
Our 7 year old, came down the stairs with a huge smile on his face AND with his gratitude note and gave me a hug. Our 5 year old, who is just learning the basics of how to read site words, came down the same way, but asked me to read what it said. He developed a gigantic smile and said, “I love being kind to my brothers!”
While they ate breakfast, I said to them,
“I know we say what we are grateful for each night after our prayers, but what if we woke up each morning and said outloud what we are grateful for too? We could actually start it by saying, ‘Thank you, God for this beautiful day. I am grateful for….and then you fill in what you are grateful for each morning.’ It could be your bed, for a great night’s rest, or your stuffed animals that snuggled you all night long, or it could be something special you are looking forward to doing that day, or a friend that you are looking forward to seeing at school or at the pool. I think it would help start our days in a fun, positive, happy way, don’t you?”
They both agreed and wanted to get started right away:
7 year old, “Thank you, God for this wonderful day and I am grateful for recess with my friends and Under Armour shirts!”
5 year old, “Thank you God for this day and I am grateful for my stuffed animals and playing with James at recess at school.”
2 year old, “Thank you God fur fis day I gratefur day!”
I look forward to writing our children gratitude notes each night! And I’m going to involve my husband as well…basically to keep me on my toes as far as remembering to write them each night…because one time, the tooth fairy had a memory lapse…so I could use some extra reminders! I also look forward to saying what we are grateful each morning with them…and then that helps lead the way into picking out our affirmations for the day from our Affirmation Can.
I hope this inspires you to start Gratitude Notes with your kids each day. Afterall, it definietly will help them feel loved which also helps build their confidence and self-worth!
Today’s affirmation: Only good lies before me. I look ahead freely with love and peacefulness.