#contentology #grace #givethanks #thanksful

There is something about having grace, that speaks of a dignity,
thoughtfulness and respect.

It is also showing and giving thanks-as I grew up in a family where
we said ‘grace’ at dinner time most nights, which is likely where my
mindset of thankfulness first developed.

This is something that we certainly don’t do all the time in my family
now, as in saying a prayer before our meal, but it is something that
we do from time to time. For my family, ‘grace’ has evolved to
always showing thanks to the person that has cooked or helped
prepare dinner, which usually leads to a comment of thankfulness
for the meal as well. We also often get conversations going about
‘the best thing/part of your day’, which is always a lovely reflection.
These kind of rituals are simple but important way to come together
at the end of the day (if it’s at dinner time), and to begin connection
around the meal. Also, did you know that researchers have been
progressively finding more and more evidence that regularly sharing
a meal with your family is one of THE most important protective
factors when it comes to positive mental and emotional wellbeing
outcomes for children and teens? Something so simple to do in
theory, but in reality, mealtimes can get quite disrupted by after
school activities and work schedules.

I have to say, that during COVID-19 restrictions, that was one of the
positives for us; that we had been having dinner together as a
family almost every night for all these past months. Whereas in the
past we might only make that happen three or four nights of the
week. I think as things move forwards and and restrictions ease
further, (and our evenings get busy again), we will need to find new
times to come together for a meal-so a a family breakfast might
need to be scheduled a few times a week.

So however you find your way to give thanks, think about simple
ideas that feels right for you and your family.

Published by Kate French

Clinical Psychologist; expertise in autism and child and family psychology.

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