Monday mission: be an example of thankfulness

Monday Mission: be thankful -

Last week I shared with you the personal mission I gave myself to let something go during the holiday season.  I invited you to join in and accept the Monday Mission challenge if you wanted to and it sounds like quite a few of you found some task or event that you were going to let go of this year for the holidays.  I think we’re all going to be a little happier for it.

This week, building on that momentum, I’m giving myself another Monday Mission:  to be an example of thankfulness.

I know, I know, that is an often used phrase during the month of November, being thankful, but let me ask you this:  if someone asked your kids what you were thankful for, what would they give as an answer?


This week’s mission:  show your gratitude, be thankful.

I’m not certain how my own children would answer that question because I’m not sure that I make it a practice of showing my gratitude, of actually saying the words out loud.  If I do, I know I certainly don’t do it often enough and not much beyond, “thank you for passing the potatoes” or “thanks for taking out the trash.”

Am I a living example of a grateful heart? Am I giving my kids an example to follow when it comes to being thankful for the blessings we have?

Easier said then during week’s like last week, where our family went through one hardship, inconvenience, or heart break after another (from a chipped tooth to a busted fuel pump to devastating news for family friends we love very much).  Yet, even then we have so much to be grateful for.

I hope I’ve done enough to show my children that, but honestly last week was not one of my best weeks.  You might say that this mission is very personal to me.

So, this week I want to make a mindful effort to say thank you and talk about my blessings with my children and to be an example to them that encourages them to do the same, even if we’re going through a hard time.

Every day this week, be mindful of your blessings – large and small – and make it a practice to show your gratitude by actually saying the words “thank you” or “I am thankful for …” out loud. Be an example to your kids of thankfulness.

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. Great post! THANK YOU! 🙂 The other wing of this concept is learning how to complain less. I recently wrote about how I am working with my boys on complaining less by focusing on what we are thankful for and happy about:
    The Crunchy Mama´s latest post: Do your children complain?

    • Yes, that is a great point to bring up (and one I know I can use a gentle reminder of as well, so thank you) 🙂