As we head into all the hubbub and hullabaloo of the holiday season, it’s hard to sometimes remind ourselves what (and who) we should be thankful for. Other times, however, it’s not that hard at all. After all, the reason for the season is in the name: Thanksgiving. For anyone who’s been a parent or who’s expecting, that becomes even easier. Here are more than a handful of reasons to be thankful for your children this Thanksgiving.
Kids have a knack for keeping our moral barometers where they need to be. As parents, we serve as role models for our children—and lead by example each and every day.
Variety is the spice of life and, with kids, variety is probably one of the only constants. Whether it’s having a spontaneous adventure or teaching them something completely new, life with children is interesting, and they always seem to keep us on our toes!
Life hits hard sometimes. Even when times turn rough, kids help make things better. Our children help us remember what it was like when we were young, and how there’s always room for playtime. The memories of your childhood, coupled with new memories made every day, is one of the best reasons to be thankful for your children this Thanksgiving.
A child’s mind is one of the wonders of the world. Their bright, inquisitive outlook and soft hearts help us to find meaning—and see things in a whole new light.
Kids, and their busy schedules, cause us to always be on top of things. Between school, after-school soccer practice, and dance recital on the weekends, we have to constantly prioritize and schedule. There is beauty in this chaos.
Even when our children are first born, we are mesmerized by them. Their love and zest for life leaves us enamored from the start. Their giggles, gurgles, and playful games give us more joy than we could have ever imagined possible.
Especially as they grow older, we see more of ourselves in our kids every day. They are like tiny magic mirrors—miniature time capsules—that bring us closer to them and ourselves.
You can’t really replicate the love one has for his or her child. No other relationship really even comes close, besides maybe a child’s love for his or her parent. No matter what happens in your child’s life—in love and other things—he or she will know your love knows no bounds.
With kids, you’ll always have an audience to share laughs with. A hearty laugh is good for the soul, and with children, those will never be in short supply. You can take comfort in having your kids with you, and the love they have for you.
Being our offspring, children are quite literally our future. We teach them, mold them, and bring them up into adulthood. We are constants in their lives—and they are constants in ours. This relationship is forged through the purest of bonds possible.
There are so many reasons to be thankful for your children this Thanksgiving. Their love, the laughs you share with them, and how they constantly touch your life being just a few. It’s good to remind ourselves about those things from time to time. Often times, the hustle and bustle gets in the way of what really matters.
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