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Teacher Appreciation Week

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and #ThankATeacher with the National PTA!

Teachers provide so much to our students—inspiration, motivation and, ultimately, their futures. From May 7-11, 2018, the National PTA would like to show their thanks and gratitude by treating them like a V.I.T. – VERY IMPORTANT TEACHER.

Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Join us and the National PTA during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week to #ThankATeacher for all that they deliver to our nation’s children.

For resources to help your student #ThankATeacher, click here.

Make this Valentine’s Day Family Day

Fun ways to show share your love with your family on Valentine’s Day:

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Grab yourself a heart shaped cookie cutter or toast press and enjoy spending time chatting with your family before your day begins.

2. Rethink the gifting thing

These little ideas below are special, unique and will not blow the bank – we found them on the internet just for you:

  • Send A Letter Of Appreciation:  How about sending a simple letter to your loved ones detailing how grateful you are to have them in your life. Kids feel loved when we notice who they are and what they contribute to us, our family, and the world.  
  • Make a Homemade Valentine:  Kids feel loved when we spend time making something for them, rather than buying it.  Why not make Valentines? 
  • A gift certificate for a back rub or foot massage every night for a month:  Kids feel loved when we listen to them and give them an opportunity to talk through their daily challenges.  Every single day, spend 15 minutes snuggling with each child before bed.  Most kids love a back rub and hand or foot rub.  

3. Keep the momentum going

  • Send the kids to school with little paper hearts with love notes into their school bags, or lunch boxes.
  • Plan a fun dinner for all the family. 
  • Play the praise game. Round the dinner table, or maybe after dinner on the sofa, take a minute to pass on a few words about why you all love each other.  

 

Custodian Appreciation at Brookshire Elementary

On Custodian Appreciation Day in October, Brookshire Elementary students thank their school custodians for making their school sparkle and for giving them a clean place to grow.

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Ways Kids Can Give Thanks

Adopted from Parents.com

Teaching kids to be thankful doesn’t involve guilt trips or lectures on the less fortunate, and the benefits will last longer than the turkey sandwiches. Grateful children may grow into happier adults, according to Christine Carter, Ph.D., author of Raising Happiness and director of the Greater Good Parents program at the University of California at Berkeley. “Pioneering social scientists think that 40 percent of our happiness comes from intentional, chosen activities throughout the day. Thankfulness is not a fixed trait. It’s a skill that can be cultivated, like kicking a soccer ball or speaking French,” Dr. Carter says. Because Thanksgiving is high season for gratitude, it’s an ideal time to talk to your children about remembering the blessings. Try these easy and interesting tips to teach your children to develop a habit of thankfulness.

  1. Shop, Buy, and Share – Trips to the grocery store, drugstore, or toy store can be opportunities to think of others. Next time you’re stocking up, encourage your children to pick one or two canned goods to donate to a Thanksgiving food drive or a food bank. Shelters also need donations of personal care items (soap, toothpaste, diapers) or new clothing (warm socks, jackets). Check with local shelters to see what they need, and have kids choose the supplies. They’ll learn to think of others and start to appreciate the necessities they ordinarily take for granted.
  2. De-clutter and Donate – Encourage your children to donate toys they no longer use or clothes they’ve outgrown. Let them know that some things they don’t need might be useful for another child. Suggest that they consider a short list of items to donate, and then bring them to a drop-off place such as the Salvation Army. Involve them in considering what they don’t want anymore so they will have new appreciation for their toys and clothes. Just remember not to force it: If they’re not ready to give something away, that’s okay.
  3. Volunteer your Time – Look for opportunities to volunteer as a family. Friends and neighbors may know of a group that can use the help. Serve food at nearby shelters or put together care packages for senior citizens or soldiers oversees. Show how giving time, not just money or objects, is another way of helping others and acknowledging gratitude for what you already have.
  4. Write Notes of Appreciation – Ask your kids to write a handwritten note to someone they’re thankful for; if kids are too young to write, have them a draw picture instead. Ask them to consider who makes their lives better or brighter. Is it the babysitter? A favorite aunt? A family friend who always remembers birthdays? When children reflect on who they want to write to, they learn to value people in their lives who have touched them.
  5. Appreciate Small Moments – Take time to appreciate the good things with your kids. Use travel time in the car as an opportunity to share something positive, perhaps by saying, “Look at the pretty leaves on that tree” or “Wasn’t it fun to make that drawing in class today?” These simple conversation starters encourage children to contemplate and appreciate the blessings around them.
  6. Keep Gratitude Going – Long after the turkey is eaten and football season ends, continue to practice thankfulness throughout the year. In the summer, donate your time when charities and food banks need extra help because regular volunteers are on vacation.

For additional tips on how kids can give thanks, visit Parents.com.

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