Saturday, December 1, 2012

I'm Thankful for Spiderman...

...and you too Mommy!  That was pretty much how my attempt having a Thanksgiving discussion with my 3 year-old Landen went this week. Landen has been making Thanksgiving crafts at school and even proudly displayed his hand-made Thankgiving "book" to us last week.  So, I know that between family and school, he will have a strong foundation for understanding the true meaning of the holiday season.  We will just have to compete with Spiderman for a little while! 

As parents we always strive to provide the best for our children but definitely want them to understand the importance of giving and being thankful.  With support from family and friends, we will ensure that Landen and all of the kids in the family get their heart’s desire this season, BUT they will also have to learn the importance of giving to others and appreciating what they are already blessed with!

Unfortunately, this will be the first Thanksgiving without both of my parents.  I so wish they could see their grandchildren grow up.  Even in grief, however, my family and I are determined to remain thankful and hopeful – that is what my Mom and Dad would want! My parents would definitely want us working every day to model the true meaning of Thanksgiving for the children in our family.

I am sure that Landen will benefit from this ongoing emphasis on hope and thanks…again we will just have to keep Spiderman in the mix for a little while!

by Kimberly Wicker, Outreach Specialist, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

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