Too often those important people who do everyday jobs are forgotten.
Even though they work hard to make our days brighter and lives easier, many times days go by when they don’t get ample thanks. And they deserve it.
So our focus this week is to to just that–thank our everyday heroes.
We’re teaching our kids as frequently as we are able to say ‘thank you’ to the people who work hard every day, around them.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Teaching Kids to Say ‘Thank You’ to Everyday Heroes:
Much like we did with our Surprise Notes for the Neighbors way back when, our Thank You Notes for Everyday Heroes will be the same: quick, easy cards of thanks.
Just simple tokens of gratitude for the people who do jobs all around us: the postal carrier, the delivery person, the newspaper deliverer, and the folks who work at our bank, dry cleaner, gas station, and grocery store.
Even though our teachers get recognized with Teacher Appreciation Week, our everyday heroes rarely get any regular thanks.
This is just one way that we, as parents, will do what we can to teach our kids workforce appreciation.
It’s simple. But it’s really powerful. Really!
The Thank You Notes for Everyday Heroes are here:
You can download the pdf here: thank you brighten day notes _ teachmama.com
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We will simply put these cards in a small plastic bag, sign them with a smiley face and a first name, and hand them out as we need them. Keeping them in the car may be the best way to do it!
Here are a few ways to get started thinking about our everyday heroes:
Check out the “1 in one hundred million” site–it’s a site created by Kronos that’s devoted to sharing the personal stories of people who do the many important and too-often unrecognized jobs upon which we all rely.
In these videos, ordinary people in the workforce share their stories. It’s a great resource to be used as a starting point for your kids.
Or depending on where in the world you live, the videos and resources may really give your kids a more clear sense of what kind of jobs are out there.
Each month “1 in one hundred million” site releases a new video profiling a person’s story. They’ve covered a firefighter, a trauma nurse, a produce manager at grocery store, a union electrician, a hotel front desk agent, a restaurant server, a teacher, and a baseball bat maker, who was a former MLB pitcher.
Want a bit more about how to teach kids workforce appreciation?
fyi: This post was written as part of a partnership with Find Your Influence, and as always, ideas and opinions are all my own, influenced only by my experience as a parent and educator. Find out more at 1 in one hundred million. Subscribe so you don’t miss any of their videos and follow #WorkforceStories and #1in100MM!