Sure, as parents we always desire to set the best example for our children. But there are times when we miss the opportunity to teach them lessons that they will remember for life.
We get so engrossed with the excitement and preparation of the holiday that we forget about the important lessons that can be taught using this special time to convey the important things in life.
The family coming to visit, the turkey, the dessert, the laughter and the memories are the things that rank high on the holiday anticipation list.
But what about the HUGE lesson of the day?
It is teaching them that "thanks" and "giving" are the components that make this day special.
Added to the anticipation list for Thanksgiving should be:
Working in rural health, I saw things that I thought no longer existed in America.
That was over 20 years ago, and today I believe it has worsened.
That first year was an eye-opener for someone who grew up in a small town where everyone had a warm bed, three meals a day and attended school. This was the normal family for me until my eyes were opened to a world that is right here, right in your area, right in your town.
Yes, before the family gathers at the table this Thanksgiving, may we gather our children to our
side a few days before and show them what "thanks" and "giving" really mean.
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