Taking time to express gratefulness for the good in our lives is essential to our children's well-being - research draws clear correlations between the practice of gratitude and mental and emotional health in children and teens!
As important as thankfulness is to individual well-being, it is also essential for community well-being - celebrating milestones in a community's life has been practiced across cultures since the beginning of time. And, usually, the biggest celebration of gratitude is for the harvest - who isn't grateful for a secure source of food?!
I hope this month's books will help you to share with your children habits of thankfulness as you choose how to navigate the tensions between the two national holidays on the fourth Thursday of November: Thanksgiving Day and A Day of Mourning.
As much as I love the family gathering together on Thanksgiving Day, it is not a holiday I can celebrate any longer since it commemorates the beginning of the centuries-long oppression and genocide of this continent's First Peoples. If you would like to learn more, begin with Native Hope's The History of Thanksgiving from the Native American Perspective.
However you commemorate the day, focus on those values which bring us together: truth, humility, integrity and gratitude.
May your harvest gratitude be rich in
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