From the Mouths of Babes: A little thankfulness

standard December 3, 2009 4 responses

On the way up to Tahoe to celebrate Thanksgiving I pondered how I could start getting the girls to understand the gist of the holiday. It’s hard to explain gratitude of that amplitude to young children. I can get them to say thank you and please, but gratitude for the great things in life… that’s much harder.

I finally boiled it down to the bare essence of the notion and asked “What makes you really happy in your life?”

I have a feeling C was coached a bit at school, or she’s just too cute, because she instantly replied that she loved her sister and her family. Little L took longer to answer. In fact she took so long that I thought she wasn’t going to say anything.

Then she mumbled something around her pacifier.

I turned down the radio and asked her to repeat what she had said.

I heard the plop of the pacifier being pulled out of her mouth followed by her clear reply.

Princess Baby. Princess Baby make me happy.” Then she nodded once definitively.

It’s her favorite book. We read it pretty much every night. She recites it along, points out her favorite pictures, and often requests that we call her Buttercup, Cupcake, or, obviously, Princess Baby.

I thought it was too sweet not to share, so I emailed Karen Katz, the author, to tell her about what makes my baby happy. I hope she’s as moved by the story as I am.

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    What a sweet story.. thanks for sharing.. some times we forget how much we can learn about simplicity and gratitude from our little ones!

    Sandra Huber
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  • That’s so cute! You took a good approach. I think you have to keep asking. Kids recognize a lot more than we realize. If they learn gratitude at an early age, what a gift you’d give them for adulthood. : -)

  • Precious!

    I always talk to my kids (students) about being thankful. This week we made a gratitude tree in class. I tell them I’m okay with them liking their video game systems, but when it comes to recording their thoughts (say on a tree), we have to wonder at what matters most.

    This year, as I hung their hearts
    I was so touched by the things they wrote.

    Always good to stop and make note of the things that truly matter. Your daughter’s picture book is important–she’s thankful for the gift of reading and the gift of cuddling that accompanies it–without even knowing.

    See the tree @:

  • we love Karen Katz books, but don’t have that one (yet)

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