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Teach your kids to foster gratitude year-round with this practice from a mindfulness expert.

Michelle Gale isn’t just a mindful parenting educator—she’s also a mindful parent. The author of “Mindful Parenting in a Messy World”  and mom of two recently shared a Thanksgiving practice she and her family do throughout the year that could be a great tradition for your family.

“Here’s an idea that you might want to consider for Thanksgiving and throughout the year: Our family has a gratitude jar on the kitchen counter with some little pieces of paper and pens in a bowl right next to it. We often stop during the day to write a few things down we appreciate about each other or our lives. Perhaps open up the jar on Thanksgiving morning and read through the notes together.”

Mindful Parenting Educator Michelle Gale, MA, is the author of the new book “Mindful Parenting in a Messy World,” an Amazon bestseller. Learn more at

Photo credit: Rachelle Cihonski; courtesy of Michelle Gale