Teaching the importance of giving thanks is something I have thrived to do as a parent with all three of my children. Every year when my oldest had her family birthday party I would make note of which gift was from who on a piece of paper. This list of gifts with who they were from would later be used as my daughter and I sat down with construction paper, glitter glue, stencils, markers and crayons to create our own thank you notes. It’s a simple craft project that is also teaching a valuable life lesson; to give thanks for what we have and for those who give us gifts during any gift giving event.
With my younger two, who are now four and six years of age, I have taught them the skill of thank you through immediate family situations. For example, if my sons big sister gave them something cool as a gift or did something special for them, in turn they must say thank you of course, but also color a pretty picture for sissy’s wall in her bedroom as way to show they are appreciative and thankful for what she has done for them or given to them. It’s a simple skill really and super easy to teach as long as you incorporate this thank you card creation from day one.
Once your children are old enough to create crafty thank you notes it’s easy to make giving thanks a fun ordeal with the kids. Each year my daughter still has that habit instilled within her, at age ten, to give thank you cards to anyone who has given her a gift at birthday time. By teaching the importance of giving thanks, you are teaching your children to be grateful children who will appreciate more in life and in turn brighten other people’s days with the simple process of saying thank you.
I have never been to Hawaii but I love the word Mahalo because it means thank you and as I just shared with you all, saying thank you can be done in a creative way which makes others smile. King’s Hawaiian Project Mahalo is a project that I am sharing with you today as part of this story to help show you that I am not the only one who tries to give thanks. Project Mahalo is asking you to go vote on the King’s Hawaiian Project Mahalo website for the charity that you think best embodies the spirit of giving generously to others while also honoring family and community. From Big Brothers & Big Sisters of America to Meals on Wheels Association of America, Project Mahalo wants you to take a moment to place your vote and share this with your friends and family. Giving thanks with this project is as easy as voting and sharing online with others, a simple task to give back without having to spend money.
Once again I will say, I have all of the time in the world to share information like this with you to help support charities, but I don’t always have the money to donate. This is my way to give thanks and give back to charities that are important to me. I thank King’s Hawaiian for creating Project Mahalo.
Mahalo is the Hawaiian word for thank you. You can say thank you to these wonderful charities- Big Brothers Big Sisters, Meals On Wheels Association of America, Family Caregiver Alliance, and One Warm Coat by voting for them on www.kingshawaiian.com/project-mahalo.
All charities will receive $10k, but the winner with the most votes will receive $25k.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kings Hawaiian® Project Mahalo. The opinions and text are all mine.