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Carl LIndgren

Managing Editor / Founder, MAP Magazine


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What are the Top 5 things you can teach/share with a 6 year old?

I am interested in what other fathers/mother do with their kids to help them become kind, caring and humble human beings.


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    Nov 17 2011: I have three children, ages 16, 10 and 6. We have been writing in and keeping a gratitude journal(s) as a family since 2004. Every night, sometime after 8:30 pm, we sit down togethe, quietly, and take turns saying what we are thankful for that particular day. I write everything down in their exact words and once everyone has had a turn we "Thank God for the day" and then say prayers for our friends, family and animals as well as talk to God as a family about anything specific that may be going on at the time. When one of the kids has a friend spend the nighht, the friend is included as well and asked what they are thankful for that day. We have had MANY "guests' gratitude lists recorded over the last seven years. Today, my six year old was thankful that her teacher brought a wasp's nest into class and that she played "nerf war" at her friends house and that she passed her "white-sash" test in Kid-Fu, and.....and...and...and.. she generally has a long list and I am happy to record everything she says. I have found this daily practice has created a sense peace, belonging, connection, grounding and has really provided my children with an opportunity to develop a relationship with a loving God and to understand, a thankful heart is a happy heart

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