Talking Gratitude

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While we really should strive to be grateful year round, the month of November has definitely become a month when we all focus on it more than we usually do. I don’t think there is anything wrong with having a month where we increase our focus on our gratitude. Hopefully we can carry that increase with us in upcoming months. I also love the concept of focusing on gratitude before we go into the Christmas season. I think it can help us focus less on what we want and perhaps be more willing to give to those around us.




A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues. Embrace this time of year as a time to focus on gratitude. Reevaluate and realign yourself to be on right path to being grateful. We are all imperfect humans and we absolutely need to access ourselves from time to time to know what we lack and improve where we can. Even if we haven’t lost ground, we can always gain more ground. There are always things to be thankful for.




You also want to be sure you are doing what you can to instill a grateful heart in your children. In this world of instant gratification on almost every front of life, it can be a challenge, but I have every confidence we can achieve this as parents if we are intentional in doing so.


I have written a lot on gratitude over the years. Here are the posts:

If you read just one, read this one: 

Being Thankful for Our Problems




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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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