It is another day after another horrible news day. Tom Toles gets it right about not just one thing in particular in yesterday’s Washington Post:

This was the worst _______ in U.S. history. You can fill in the blank with almost anything now.


My friends at Kiddie Academy find an inspiring way to respond to all the dreadful news: Be grateful and learn to show your appreciation, for all — especially your children — to see and model:

Every day, the news is full of stories of loss and stories about families affected by storms and cultural unrest. A good way to deflect the attention from these topics is to focus attention on the many everyday reasons we have to be thankful. Teaching appreciation is simple, and even the youngest of children can start to grasp this concept by consistently reinforcing the qualities of  thankfulness and positivity.


Modeling appreciation is perhaps the single most effective strategy parents have to produce empathetic and helpful citizens:

Children watch our every move and reflect the attitudes and behaviors that the adults in their life represent. Every day, we have countless opportunities to show our appreciation—to the cashier at the grocery store, the crossing guard, the kind soul who lets us slide our car in front of his in traffic. When we consistently model gestures of appreciation for our children, we increase the chance of raising kids who are polite and appreciative themselves.


People helping other people — and not just the first responders, either, who do their jobs bravely, every single day, in the worst-imaginable situations. That is truly what makes America great. Today, that’s what I am most appreciative of.

Read the rest of “Appreciating Appreciation” from Kiddie Academy here.


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