Although this post is sponsored my Straight Talk, the opinions are 100% my own and are completely honest.
We have been working lately with our kids about being gracious, thankful, and appreciative of all that we have. We live in a time where a little to some folks, can be a lot to others and no matter what you have (or don’t have), you should be thankful. This seems to be a tough concept to teach kids. They have no reference point, no basis for what “a lot” is, or where they fall in the world. I think it is our job as parents to teach them to be gracious and thankful, and also giving and caring of others.
One thing that I thought would help my son, was to get a little tech involved. I thought this might be fun for him because he, like many kids, likes anything tech. Soooooo, I gave him my Straight Talk Nexus 6 phone and told him to take photos representing what he was thankful for. We first talked about what it meant to be thankful, and appreciative, and what it meant to say “Thank You” .
So, one of the first “rules” that I had for him was that he couldn’t just take photos of food. Being a 6 yr old boy, this was a key point to hit so that I didn’t end up with a camera roll of photos of spaghetti. As soon as I pointed this out to him… I was met with a big ” Ahhhh Dad. But I AM thankful for it!”
Yes, I know son. You are thankful for food, and while it is important, and sometimes taken for granted, I want some other ideas.
So off he went, my Straight Talk smartphone in hand…
I thought this little tech project might be a disaster, but it actually ended up being a pretty neat experiment.
Of course not far behind food, is toys… he went in his bedroom and snapped a picture of this
junk… I meant his closet.
Teaching our kids to be thankful, post 2. Toys We discussed toys for a bit and how it might be time to find a new home for a few. My son was less than thrilled about this idea (hey at least I can FEEL that he appreciates them) #StraightTalkTesters #Ad #Thanksgiving @MyStraightTalk A photo posted by Brian (@dadrambles) on
Teaching our kids to be thankful, post 3. School My son (at least at this point) likes school pretty good. He was quick to tell us that he was thankful for school. We tell him all the time that not every kid his age CAN go to school and he is fortunate enough to live in a country where he is free to attend school. #StraightTalkTesters #Ad #Thanksgiving @MyStraightTalk A photo posted by Brian (@dadrambles) on
Teaching our kids to be thankful, post 4. God My son’s 4th Item was “God”. He said that he was thankful for God and his church. I told him that was another freedom that we enjoy, the freedom to worship. He complains sometimes on Sunday mornings, but I think he is “getting it”. #StraightTalkTesters #Ad #Thanksgiving @MyStraightTalk
Teaching our kids to be thankful, post #5 Camping He took a photo of this and I asked him why. He said “camping”. We take many trips camping as a family, and I think he mostly enjoys it. He asks to go a lot and he seems to have fun… so I guess it is paying off! #StraightTalkTesters #Ad #Thanksgiving @MyStraightTalk A photo posted by Brian (@dadrambles) on
I hope this little exercise had paid off. We talked a little more when he was done, and I discussed with him how there are many kids that don’t have any of these things.. He seemed to get it a little more than before, but I guess only time will tell. We work on this A LOT! I hope some of it is finally getting through.
How have you used tech with your kids to teach a lesson, or to make a point? Please let me know. I think it is important to connect with your kids on a level that they understand, and with tool (like a smartphone) that they find fun and can help to drive the point home.
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