Teaching Your Child To Appreciate Their Blessings!

by Kathy Sykes on November 22, 2011 · 2 comments

Recently, I have been having to talk to my 4 year old a lot about appreciation. Of course, like with many 4 year olds, they tend to ask for many things, then sulk or complain when they can’t get more, more, more. My son is also a finicky eater. He is having a difficult time understanding that he cannot eat whatever he “wants” to eat but instead he has to eat what is cooked for dinner. Thus, this leads to the discussion of him being thankful to God for providing us with food to eat each day. I tell him that many children here in America, and especially around the world, don’t have food to eat and go several days without it.

To put a face with the discussions that we have been having about not wasting food and children who go hungry, I found this photo of a baby in Somalia who was near death from malnutrition and I showed it to my son. The photos are before and after pictures of what the baby looked like when he was found in his village versus what he looks like now after he has been rehabilitated and fed regularly. Here is a link to the article.

My son’s first reaction was “What’s wrong with him?” and “Why does he look like that?”. My intent of showing these photos to my son was not to scare him, but to start to teach him the realities of life and that he is so greatly blessed by the Lord that we should not, for one moment, take it for granted. These photos were also eye opening for me as a mom that I should daily give thanks that my son is happy and healthy.

We must ALWAYS remember how fortunate we are in the U.S.A and yet remember that others may be suffering and it is our duty to help in any way that we can. During the holiday season, try to give to those less fortunate that yourself.

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perudelights November 22, 2011 at 10:56 pm

We need to give thanks at every moment because we are so blessed. We have good health, food at the table, cozy homes, good education. It´s great to appreciate all the things that we enjoy and that we take for granted. Thanks for share this article for us. Happy holidays.

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Kathy Sykes November 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Thanks Perudelights for your comments! I checked out your site as well and WOW….what a great variety of food!

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