Ashar has been on a big kick lately with saving images of positive quotes. I guess it’s the “Pinterest phenomenon” or something!
She uses them as phone wallpapers, texts them to friends, puts them on Instagram… you name it.
Well, this week, she said she wanted each of our family members to type out a list of what makes us happy and that we’re grateful for.
In turn, she took all four of our answers as well as one of her current favorite quotes and made a nicely-laid-out sign for our fridge! She said she’s going to update it every couple of weeks.
It makes me smile every time I open the fridge. I couldn’t be prouder of my girl – and of my mom and husband, who jumped right in with what they were grateful for as well!
We’ve also had a resurgence in a before-bed routine we started last school year, when things weren’t going so hot in public school.
Ashar’s counselor (and some other friends) had been really encouraging her to think about some of the positives in her life. Sometimes, before bed, Ashar would ask me to help her make a list of good things so that she could remember them when she woke up the next morning.
Lightbulb… On the back of Ashar’s bedroom door, I put up a quickly hand-lettered sign in shades of Ashar’s favorite color, blue. We grabbed a pack of Post-Its and a pen, and started making a short list each night so that, before she left her room in the morning, she could see the reminder.
We don’t do it every night any more – but occasionally, Ashar will grab the Post-Its before bed and make a list!
I just love that the youngest member of our family is the one encouraging all of us to new heights of positivity and gratitude. I love you, Ashar, and I’m thankful for YOU!