Raising Gracious Children: Our Grateful Walk…

Raising Gracious Children: Our Grateful Walk...As I grow older and find myself concerned about the state of the world or my own personal ups and downs, I have learned to find comfort in gratitude. When I am being grateful, I slow down, I lighten up, I stop worrying, and I feel good. As a parent I try to encourage our daughters to find peace in this gracious state of being as well.

Going on a Grateful Walk…

One way to achieve this goal is to go for a grateful walk. I gave each of the girls their own camera and as we strolled through some of our favorite places, I invited them to think about and take pictures of all the things that they are grateful for.


Here are some of the highlights…

Raising Gracious Children: Our Grateful Walk...“Spending time on the beach with my family.”

Raising Gracious Children: Our Grateful Walk...

“Going for walks on the wharf.”

Raising Gracious Children: Our Grateful Walk...“That we didn’t have any damage from the hurricane.”

Raising Gracious Children: Our Grateful Walk...“Plants.”

Raising Gracious Children: Our Grateful Walk...“Having good books to read.”

Raising Gracious Children: Our Grateful Walk...“My sister.”

IMG_9198“My sister.”

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With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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  1. Found the title pic from Pinterest and so glad I did! We (my hubz and 5, 3, and 1 yr old) try to incorporate gratitude into our moment to moment life… easier said than done perhaps. I love the idea of giving the kids cameras. Actually, it’s a good reminder to just start walking outside again!

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