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Count your blessings. Be thankful. Be grateful. We hear those messages all the time, and we likely repeat these to our children as well. Thankfulness is top of mind this time of year, and we wanted to share what our Bansho family is thankful for. But first, here are a few activities you can do as a family to say thank you.

1. Write Notes of Encouragement

Think about how excited you were the last time you received a personal letter in the mail! A great way to deliver that feeling to others is to set aside time as a family to write quick notes of gratitude to loved ones, teachers, coaches, or even residents at your local nursing home. If you think your child is too young, you're wrong! A colored picture or a collection of happy stickers can all bring the same smile to an unsuspecting face. 

2. Make it Delicious

Say thanks in the form of home-baked goodies or even a pre-made treat from the supermarket. Drop your goodies off at your local police station, fire station, or neighbors’ house to bring a quick thank you!

3. Volunteer

Volunteering with your children is a wonderful way to bring thankfulness home. There are so many ways to volunteer your time as a family. Here are a few quick ideas to get you started:

  1. Hand out meals at a local homeless shelter
  2. Make care packs to hand out to those in need
  3. Help stock canned goods for a local food pantry
  4. Walk dogs at your local animal shelter. 

You will build wonderful memories AND you will give back to your community!

4. Point out Random Acts of Kindness

Whether it is your child, a good samaritan you see out and about, or a heartwarming news story;  take time to help your child notice someone going above and beyond. Discuss how this act of kindness might make the other person feel. Talk about ways you can help someone else find their smile in your day-to-day activities.

5. Keep a Gratitude Journal

Teaching your children to reflect on what they are thankful for and sharing that with someone, or keeping their own gratitude journal, is a great way to remind us all what we are thankful for. On days that seem particularly difficult, encourage your child to go back and look at the things they have been thankful for. Children of all ages can participate in this with their own coloring images or, with adult supervision, cutting images out of a magazine.  

Thankful Messages from the Bansho Family

I'm thankful for being able to connect with my family and friends despite the distance and knowing they are happy, healthy and each one is living such a fascinating life.

~ Marcos C.

I am thankful for good health, new friendships, fall leaves, and a warm home to snuggle orange cats.

~ Elise L.

I am thankful for the opportunity to connect with kiddos from around North America through Bansho. I am also thankful for my health, friends, family, and puppies.

~ Alissa K.

I am thankful for the ability to support and influence the lives of students from different parts of the world. It feels great to support students' educational and social emotional growth in our sessions together.

~ Charles C.

We'll be sharing even more thankful messages on the Bansho Instagram account. What are you thankful for this year?

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