Thankfulness doesn't come natural to most of us. It is a learned behavior. This one lesson, if emphasized early in childhood by the example of thankful parents, sparks contentment in sons and daughters. Contented children are happier overall and less likely to fall prey to peer pressure or entitlement thinking.
This month's challenge is to make the month when we celebrate Thanksgiving a teaching time, too. A practical suggestion, and one that is fun, is to hang up a November calendar page in a visible place and ask each family member to help fill in the spaces on the "Thankful" calendar. Divide the days. (A family of 4 would have two people with 7 days and two people with 8 days to complete).
1 Chronicles 23:30 (NIV) To stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at evening.
Fall is in full swing and life is busy for most families. School, sports, lessons, work, and then there's still dinner to make. There's nothing wrong with having an active lifestyle if there's still room for God. For our youngsters, peer pressure will not take a holiday. Often a family will put church low on the priority list when days are full. That could prove to be a big mistake later.
October is a good month to encourage parents to get their children into Christian youth groups, Awana programs, and Bible lessons. Character is being established in these early years. Boys and girls who are grounded in faith fare better when making life choices. They will know why it is better to say "Yes" to an invite for an appropriate movie, and why it's best to say "No" if asked to go to a party where drugs or underage drinking might be part of the event.
Philippians 2:5 NIV Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.