This Week's Highlights in Parenting: Thanksgiving Edition

It’s here!  A 4-day weekend filled with family, food and togetherness. We look forward to this weekend all year, almost as much as Christmas — mostly because we get to spend time together without the complication of gifts. I was so encouraged by this collection of fellow writers echoing the chorus of gratitude, from all over the web.

Enjoy and be encouraged to cultivate grateful hearts in your own family!


I was so encouraged by this post from Arlene over at We are that Family:

“As we pause this week to offer thanks and reflect on what we’ve been given, let’s make it more than a day. Gratitude is a way of life. “



What would happen if we were known for our gratitude and less for our complaining?  Ann Voskamp talks about this not-so-new idea that is taking our culture by storm.

“One of the most powerful virtues in our society, is also one of our least known virtues: gratitude. Gratitude is the key to not only experiencing what communities want, an authentic, thriving joy — but is what Chesterton called the highest form of thinking. Thinking that is bedrock foundational to healthy relationships, strong communities, and vibrant culture. At a time when it seems easy to point out all that’s wrong with the world, advancing the common good requires a lens through which one actually sees the good.” 


What a great idea! Over at Momfessionals, she’s listing recipes to make on Friday — when everyone is “turkied-out” and ready to put those leftovers to good use!

Recipe Club 2


Clothing recommendations for a quick Thanksgiving outfit and the perfect size dessert in mason jars, over at FancyAshley.

“Now, listen, I have said it a million times, everything tastes better in a mason jar. It’s a proven fact. Why not put a pie in a mason jar?!”



With our own family growing and needing to find a way to have some of our own traditions, these ideas were a breath of fresh air that was needed to prompt some new activities. From The Kitchn:

“Thanksgiving doesn’t lend itself well to trying out new things, but sometimes the situation calls for new decisions — you can’t make it home for Thanksgiving, for example, or you have a family now and want to start traditions of your own. So what can you do to heighten, deepen, and extend Thanksgiving to its most memorable end?”



Whether you are reading this before Thanksgiving or the weekend after, we hope you enjoyed spending time with the ones you love and counting the blessings of the past year!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!