Keys for Kids Helps Parents Teach Their Children to Be Thankful

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It’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States. According to the American Automobile Association, or AAA, this holiday weekend is the second-busiest Thanksgiving travel season since 2005. Some 55 million people are on the move; 49 million are driving 50 miles or more to their Thanksgiving destination.

“Strong economic fundamentals are motivating Americans to venture out this holiday in near-record numbers,” AAA Vice President Paula Twidale stated in a press release. “Consumer spending remains strong thanks to increasing wages, disposable income and household wealth, and travel remains one of their top priorities for the holiday season.”

Maybe it’s a long road trip, weather delays, and seasonal illness. Maybe it’s just the thought of small-chatting at the dinner table with grumpy Uncle Fred and political Aunt Paulette. Whatever the cause, Thanksgiving can lead to distinctly “unthankful” attitudes

Keys for Kids Ministries’ Greg Yoder offers encouragement to parents trying to show their kids how to live like Jesus on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the year. “God even uses our circumstances, good or bad, to bring us to where we are,” he says.

“As we reflect that thankfulness, that gratitude for where God has us, that tends to be a good example to our kids.”

It all begins with “I”

A long road trip can trigger unthankful attitudes, but Thanksgiving travel isn’t the only time parents and kids forget about gratitude. “I think it has to do with our culture,” Yoder observes.

“We’re so busy. We’re so ‘on the go’ all the time, and it’s a ‘me’ mentality… it’s about ‘my family’, ‘me’, and ‘I’… and I think pride is the issue,” he continues.

“When you think about pride, what is the middle letter? It’s an ‘I’, and that’s what pride tends to be.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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