This is what our kids have to deal with having a mom who is a teacher. Our family assignment every year around Thanksgiving is to write a letter about what we are grateful for and to share these letters around the table. While there might be some eyes that roll when I remind them of this exercise each year, I am convinced that this is such good work for us all to build these muscles and to practice giving thanks together. The notebook where we keep all these letters from years past also serves as a pretty sweet time capsule, and we get some good laughs looking back through different reflections, drawings and handwriting through the years. This world dishes out plenty of things that can weigh us down so I believe it's essential to carve out intentional time to focus on the good gifts we have been given and to cultivate gratitude together.