First we took an old 2' x 3' bulletin board that wasn't being used and painted the frame black. We ordered a "Give Thanks" wall art sticker, and bought some thumbtacks. (Total cost ~$10.)
We hung the board on the wall Thursday night.
ALL DAY Friday the kids were trying to figure out what we were doing for Friday Family Fun Night.
On the way home from work on Friday, Isaac and I stopped to pick up our Thanksgiving platter from the Clay Cafe.
Once home, we ate some dinner and got to work on our FFFN project. We explained it to the kids and they LOVED the idea. We cut pieces of plain scrapbook paper and glued it onto some pieces of patterned scrapbook paper.
The kids made up some "rules" to go with the gratitude board. They agreed that we should leave it up for all of next year and that everyone should write two things they are thankful for every day. Oh, and they agreed that they won't repeat anything. Which means that Esther-Faith can only be thankful for the dog one time.
It was late when we finished, so Esther-Faith went to bed while Isaac made himself some popcorn (an almost nightly occurrence since the braces came off) and watched a movie ("Elf"). Tim and I decorated a Christmas tree and sat by the fire for a while.
The next morning there was a little bit of sibling discord. One wanted something the other didn't want to share (in this case it was the dog). There were some not nice happenings (perhaps a bit of arm twisting and a hit or two). After talking to the kids, we had them talk to each other (sometimes, that is the BEST consequence--slowing down long enough to actually listen to each other, and listen to the reasons they are making the choices they are making) and then they decided to write something they were grateful for about each other.
The Gratitude Board is helping.
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