Category Archives: Overindulgence/Gratitude

Thankful for What I Have and Who I Am

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. ~Henry David Thoreau   Very often we hear, “Be grateful for the ordinary things in life.” Excellent advice.   So I try to be grateful for the … Continue reading

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Allow Some Failure

 “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche   Remember the kid raised by wolves? Some experts might say he had the best parents ever. It could be because the wolves were literally hands-off; no car … Continue reading

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Teaching Appreciation – even when you hate the gift

“One must know not just how to accept a gift, but with what grace to share it.” ~Maya Angelou I once told my sister that my 4-year-old daughter loved to pour lots and lots of maple syrup on her pancakes. … Continue reading

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Simple Steps for Instilling Gratitude

“Charity begins at home.” Sir Thomas Browne, 1642   At times it may seem that children today are more materialistic than children from an earlier generation and that they have come to expect more and more rather than feeling grateful … Continue reading

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Finding Gratitude

“It’s always something.” -Rosanne Rosannadanna We recently experienced a couple of family crises during which I felt like I had nothing to be grateful for. I asked myself over and over, “When will this roller-coaster life settle down and become … Continue reading

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An Attitude of Gratitude

“There must be more to life than having everything” -By Maurice Sendak It can seem at times that children today are more materialistic and expect that more and more be done for them rather than feeling grateful for what they … Continue reading

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Over-indulgence: Too Much of a Good Thing

All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.   -Peanuts character, Lucy    Lucy is correct when she says it is okay to overindulge once in a while. For instance, during the holidays we … Continue reading

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Responsibility vs. Entitlement

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.  -Booker T. Washington   Placing responsibility on our children enhances their self -esteem by giving them a sense of … Continue reading

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Using Problems as Opportunities

Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They’re about to announce the lottery numbers.   – Homer Simpson   Given the financial condition of our country and of many families, this is … Continue reading

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