An Attitude of Gratitude

Wanda Luthman's Children's Books

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With Thanksgiving on its’ way this Thursday, we welcome our favorite School Psychologist, Dr. Valerie Allen, with words of wisdom for this holiday centered on gratefulness.

An Attitude with Gratitude

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Dr. Valerie Allen

Even in difficult economic times, we live in a land of abundance. Most families exceed the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter. Children have more than ample toys and clothes. Often, they have difficulty finding storage for the excess items in their bedrooms and play areas. In this land of plenty, it is difficult to teach children how to appreciate what they have. The joy of giving is often lost in the expectation of getting.

How do we teach children to be thankful for what they have? We need to engage them in the act of giving and doing for others. They will not only develop an appreciation for what they have, but will learn…

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