• Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible -- the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. Virginia Satir

    To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while. Josh Billings

    That best academy, a mother's knee. James Russell Lowell

    Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it. William Haley

    There's nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child. Frank A. Clark

    We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.Chuck Palahniuk

    Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt and live like it’s heaven on Earth.Mark Twain

    Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire. William B. Yeats

    Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.Plato

    The formative period for building character for eternity is in the nursery. The mother is queen of that realm and sways a scepter more potent than that of kings or priests. Author Unknown

    Education aims to give you a boost up the ladder of knowledge. Too often, it just gives you a cramp on one of its rungs. Martin H. Fischer

    Education is too important to be left solely to educators. Francis Keppel

    It is little short of a miracle that modern methods of instruction have not already completely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry... I believe that one could even deprive a healthy beast of prey of its voraciousness if one could force it with a whip to eat continuously whether it were hungry or not... Albert Einstein

    An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life. Author Unknown

    The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. Robert Maynard Hutchins

    Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. Roger Lewin

    Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. Meryl Streep

    Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. John Dewey

    The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas. George Santayana

    It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. Frederick Douglass

    Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance. Will Durant

    I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. Mark Twain

    You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. Galileo Galilei

    Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    The mother's heart is the child's school-room. Henry Ward Beecher

    I am not a teacher; only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead--ahead of myself as well as of you. George Bernard Shaw

    Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. Edward Everett

    It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. Robert G. Ingersoll

    [Education] consists mainly in what we have unlearned. Mark Twain

    Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. Marion C. Garretty

    I try not to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.Mikhail Baryshnikov

    The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. Sydney J. Harris

    The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. John Lubbock

    If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. Abigail Van Buren

    The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.Ralph Waldo Emerson

    If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.William Blake

    You send your child to the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys who educate him. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. Walt Streightiff

    The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's time. Sydney J. Harris

    But, good gracious, you've got to educate him first. You can't expect a boy to be vicious till he's been to a good school. Saki (H. H. Munro)

    The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher. Elbert Hubbard

    An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. Spanish Proverb

    Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants. John W. Gardner

    Only the curious will learn and only the resolute will overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient. Edmund S. Wilson

    One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters. George Herbert

    My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects. Robert Maynard Hutchins

    For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned it is the season of harvest.The Talmud

    If you don’t have a plan for your life, someone else does.Anthony Robbins

    The historian is a prophet in reverse.Friedrich von Schlegel

    Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. Robert Fulghum

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November 23, 2011

Fostering Gratitude

A couple months ago, when the kids were complaining about some trivial things, my husband, Mike got out a huge piece of paper and announced we were going to make a gratitude list. We sat around as a family and thought of over a hundred things for which we are grateful. Then we posted it on the wall for awhile.

We’ve found that we need to remind our children often of all we have, especially when they start using a more demanding tone and expecting to get things they want without working for them. We adults can fall into this trap as well, so it’s good for us all to remind each other that we have so many blessings.

One of the best ways to do this is through service. We’ve taken our kids to South America to help them understand what they have and the value of serving those less fortunate. But you don’t have to go to a third world country to accomplish this. Experience in service can be just as powerful when it’s close to home. I try to keep my eyes open for opportunities to help people and involve my children.

Here’s a video of my boys singing a beautiful song about sharing, that almost made me cry when I heard them sing it at their school. And below you can see the items we put on our list of 100 blessings.

New toys
Loving husband
Fun baby
Priesthood blessings
Holy ghost
Exuberant siblings
Testimony of the gospel
The earth
Loving family
Convenient transportation (cars)
Comfortable home
Beds to sleep in
Our bodies
Washer and dryer
Cell phones
Jesus Christ
His example
His teachings
His atonement
Church programs
The scriptures
Wheels and tires
County fairs
Living in our generation
Good people
Cupboards and drawers
Running water
Warm showers
Indoor plumbing
The bible
Medicine/ home health
Garden/ fruit trees
Ability to generate income
Great friends
God’s plan of happiness
Space camp
Funny jokes
Wet wipes

112 blessings!

How do you remind your family of your blessings?

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  1. Debra E says:

    Awesome list! Have you read “1000 Gifts” by Ann VosKamp? It’s right along this same vein. We did a Thanks and Giving tree for each family member this November to help us name something we were thankful for that day and one way that we gave or helped someone else.

  2. Brenda says:

    What a great list and wonderful thing to teach children…

  3. Naila Moon says:

    Love your list! I have an ongoing gratitude “journal” page on my blog.
    This year my husband and I created a Thanksgiving tree where we write our thankful things on too. Visual reminders are good.
    ~Naila Moon


    PS>Wow to S.America!

  4. momstheword says:

    What a sweet song! I love how your oldest son kept remembering to smile and all of a sudden he would break into a smile while singing.

    I love that you are training your children in the gift of service. We always tried to provide our children with opportunities to serve someone.

    We had them pick flowers and make May baskets and put on the doors of people in the neighborhood, bake cookies and hand them out, and also had them help with things at the church and help out at their grandparents house as well.

    Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

  5. nicole says:

    Wonderful resource. So many ways to give thanks.

    Aloha Sweet Friend,

    The ladies and I are starting to gather a bit early this week so that we can take our turkey loving time mingling and growing together over the next few days.

    Thank you for linking up with us last week, thank you for sharing your sweet energy with all of us… thank you for being beautiful you.

    Come join us if you please.

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