Thankful Kids; 25 Black Board Prompts!

It’s no secret around these parts that raising kids who are thankful for this life and the things in it is important to me. I truly believe gratitude is an attitude kids learn from their parents that will carry them through all of life. Having a spirit of thankfulness is one of the number one things I hope my children walk away from our home with at 18(or 30…whenever they move out!) ((You are all moving out before 30.))



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This past summer, while walking through our local farmers market I saw a cute little sign that said “Today I’m thankful for…” and had little chalkboard slabs for people to write what they were thankful for on. I probably would have bought it right then and there…except there weren’t enough spaces for our family. (There weren’t even enough spaces for all our kids…oops.) I came home and talked about it a whole bunch. MP Rustic Decor, the people who had made it, had told me while purchasing one of their amazing teething necklaces they would happily make another with more spaces but my anxiety made the actual phone call/email near impossible to send.

Lo and behold, my husband came home on our anniversary with a homemade board! I was so excited. He is just one of the kindest souls-he truly listens to me and gives me gifts with such heart. (I didn’t get him an anniversary present at all…)

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We hung our board right up and began doing “Today I am Thankful For…” the next day! Only…after about a month of this, it began to get a little old to do what we’re thankful for everyday. Not because I don’t believe our children should show gratitude everyday-I do!-but to be honest? It doesn’t lead to that much conversation when all you bring up every night at dinner is the same thing, it gets a little old. I wanted to come up with a list of questions or fill-ins we could do daily that aren’t the same thing every day. I share this with you in case you have a board like ours or are looking for a single question to ask at the supper table.

As I said before, my husband made the board in our living room and it isn’t that hard! He simply painted nine boards with chalkboard paint, mounted them on two more boards with screws, and added the rope to the top to hang it. The rope is my favorite part because it keeps with the rustic look most out home is. (Not completely on purpose but ya know.)

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Some possible prompts for the board other than “What I’m Thankful For”?

  1. Favorites (Book, Movie, Meal)
  2. I’m excited for…
  3. The best part of “enter special day here” is…
  4. Birthday compliments for the birthday babe!
  5. I need to work on…
  6. Today I will be more…
  7. I want _____ for dinner
  8. I trust Jesus with…
  9. Jesus is my…
  10. Mom/Dad are great at… (for mother and fathers day!)
  11. Today I will help out by…
  12. This weekend I want to…
  13. I want our weekend family movie to be…
  14. A great treat for mom to make is…
  15. Today, I need…
  16. They will know we are Christians by our…
  17. All I want for Christmas is…
  18. To be healthier tomorrow, I will
  19. Family time is best spent…
  20. Church taught me today…
  21. One thing you love about yourself
  22. Tonight’s dinner pairs well with…
  23. I would love a pet…
  24. My biggest dream is…
  25. Someday I will…

I love to do these different prompts because they cultivate a conversation we may not have otherwise. Sure, we can talk about what they want for Christmas pretty much with every commercial on television, but when’s the last time you really thought to ask your kids what they think the most important part about being a Christian was?

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Obviously, some of these work better depending on the ages. I’ll be honest with you, we write down Bear and Bug’s every day as well but usually fill them in for ourselves-or if it’s “thankful for” day, we simply put whatever they’re currently playing with.

Some of these prompts are purely for fun as well! What would you pair with this dinner is one that cracks me up every time-our answers last time? Red wine, chocolate shakes, and silence. You guess who did each of those…

What would you add as an idea for a prompt? Do you have a thankful board?

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