Wednesday, November 2, 2011

thanks, kindly!

Thanks and kindness, I think they go hand-in-hand. What better way to express gratitude than to be kind? Beginning yesterday, we are trying out a new praise-based reward system: Caught in Kindness. Specifically, we are working on sharing in your siblings' joy (less competition, more encouragement for one another) and respect for grown-ups (less back-talk, more serving with enthusiasm). The goal is to be caught being GOOD, and to fill up those envelopes with redeemable tickets. We'll see how it goes.

Instead, be KIND to eachother, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. -Ephesians 4:32

Also... a few great Thankgiving-inspired ideas worth checking out:

I just sent my family members the sign-up sheet for Blessed to Bless bags, as part of our Thanksgiving celebration. My favorite new tradition, thanks to Leslie!

Rachel started 'Thankful on Paper' last November. Love it!

This blogger celebrated her birthday by delivering Random Acts of Kindness all day. I'm thinking one per day, all of November.

And yes, just like eating turkey shouldn't be limited to November, we should obviously be practicing these acts all year... but Thanksgiving month is just too convenient a way to get our kids inspired and excited to bless others.


mel @ the larson lingo said...

We are doing a ticket system also (but our girls get tickets for going to bed without arguing & sleeping through the night). Love all these ideas!

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

Great ideas... Love your chalkboard!

Leslie @ top of the page said...

we so need your system, k? i love how you put the verse up with the envelopes, and i love that the verse starts with INSTEAD. that is a great place to start a conversation with the kids. thanks for doing the blessing bags again, and for posting it!! i'm so excited to see the idea spread this month.