Monday, April 23, 2012

What do you want your child to appreciate?

My husband was currently taking a sociology class online. 
Considering I studied it in college, it interests me. 
Therefore I've been eavesdropping on the video's he's been listening to. 
Some of the things I heard have stuck with me.
Last night as I was listening the woman said, "If you want your children to appreciate something, they have to see your appreciating it."
This got me thinking about what I want my children to appreciate. 

I want my children to appreciate many things.
I want them to appreciate the things they are given, whether big or small.
The clothes they have, the toys the play with, the roof over their heads, the food on their plates.
I want them to appreciate the people they have in their lives.
My husband and me, their grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, teachers, all people they come across. 
I want them to appreciate learning. The fact that they can learn.
That they are able to go to school, reading, writing, having a passion and learning about it. 
I want them to appreciate the things we do.
Vacations, being outside, spending time together. 

I want them to appreciate the fact that daddy works hard. 
For us, for them, for our life.
I want them to appreciate that because of that, I am able to stay home with them.
I want them to appreciate affection.
Hugs and kisses, being cared for, being loved.
I want them to appreciate God and His word.
To read it, to know it, and live it. 
I want them to appreciate everything, to be grateful because this life, all we have, we don't really deserve it. 
As I think about this, I know though, that if I don't appreciate these things, then how can I expect them to? 
I can't, not really. 
I know these things are important and good. 
I know these things are meant to appreciated and I'm meant to be grateful. 
So, I need to work on appreciating and being grateful. 
So, I will....starting today... I will have a grateful heart for this life I have. 


  1. what a nice post and cute pics!! thanks for sharing =)

  2. i want my children to appreciate family and vacations! :)

  3. Hi! I'm your newest follower and co-host of this month's blog hop. Thanks so much for joining in on the fun :) I'm looking forward to getting you know you better!

    These are such sweet values.

    1. Hi there! Coming to your blog now!

  4. I love this post and I definitely agree that you have to be an example to your children and help them realize what they should be grateful for! I am your newest follower from the Networking Blog Hop! I would love if you would check out my blog and if you like what you see please follow back :)
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  5. you are such a great mom!! love this post. xoxo linds

    1. Oh thank you! So kind. I try my best, but sometimes (a lot of the time) its definitely not easy!


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