As we head into the holiday season, which can be filled with the abundance of food, gifts, and celebrations, we know that a lot of us struggle with all the excess. It’s valuable for us to slow down as parents, and consider ways to help develop and express more gratitude — in ourselves and in our kids.

So this week on Spawned with Kristen + Liz, we’re having an honest, helpful conversation about gratitude as a way to ground ourselves this holiday season, and to raise kids who respect and value the things in life that really matter.

We talk about helping kids be less obsessed with toys and “stuff,” Gabby Blair’s 3-gift theory,” conscientious consumerism around holiday gifts, and other ways to help us practice gratitude including self-care and mindfulness apps, family crafts and activities, and even these printable gratitude coloring pages for kids.


Take a listen to latest episode right now and feel free to share some of your own tips with us here or on Facebook. We always get the best ideas from our readers + listeners.

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Our Cool Picks of the Week

Free printable gratitude journal page via The Artisan Life: Wonderful exercise for kids

Kristen: A roundup of printable gratitude journals for kids, some of them free. (This one via This Artisan Life)

Printable coloring pages from The Coloring Project on Etsy

Liz: More printables! This time, the awesome printable coloring pages, notecards and postcards from The coloring project on Etsy who you may better know as Coloring Broadway. They offer everything from mindfulness and inspiration coloring pages to those inspired by Broadway themes like Dear Evan Hansen, SpongeBob the Musical, and Les Mis.

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