With the holidays quickly approaching, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about this time of year and reflecting on what 2015 has meant to me. One of the biggest things I’ve been reminded of this year is just how much I have to be grateful for and what it means to be truly grateful. I work with kids on a daily basis, so I have the honor and privilege of shaping these young minds into compassionate, loving and kind little people. But, I’ve noticed that one of the hardest things to teach them is how to be grateful. Yes, they understand you have to say “thank you” when someone gives you something, but it’s really difficult to truly teach this middle class American generation (and mine too) what it looks like to be grateful. I think part of our society’s consumerism is to blame and our obsession with having the newest, biggest, brightest and best of everything. Unfortunately, kids learn from TV, movies, music, adults and stores that what they have isn’t good enough and that they deserve to have something more because someone else has something better than them. This is such a dangerous game to play. And I really don’t know how to fix it (but we certainly try). Continue reading