By taking a little time each day to ‘play’ with the words that represent our inner resources, we can help children in a way that will last a lifetime. Knowing that they have inner strength, beauty, courage, compassion, hope, joy, talent, imagination, reverence, wisdom, love, and faith will help children thrive.
Here is one way to make appreciating these inner gifts fun for children:
1. Start with a treasure chest. Any shoebox or other container can be designated and decorated as “The Twelve Gifts Treasure Chest.” This box can be used to hold Twelve Gifts Affirmation Cards, symbols, and mementos that represent The Twelve Gifts.
2. Print a set of Twelve Gifts Affirmation Cards, using the link below.
3. Have (or help) the child print “I HAVE” about each gift word, (such as I HAVE STRENGTH, I HAVE BEAUTY, I HAVE JOY). Let him use crayons or markers to decorate each card.
4. Place each completed card in The Treasure Chest.
5. Tell your child that you see each gift in him. Give an example, such as “I saw STRENGTH in you when you finished your chores even though you were getting tired,” and “I saw STRENGTH in you when you told the truth and admitted that you hit your sister.”
6. Be on the lookout for “catching” your child using her gifts so that can point them out and praise her for using them. Positive reinforcement is a powerful tool for cultivating these gifts in our children.