The other day Sam couldn't stop complaining. We were at the park and he still couldn't think of anything good in his poor little life. I think he just wanted attention (he tends to whine and that does NOT help me want to give him any good attention - maybe a slap and down to bed, but that's not so great). So I made him write a list of 20 things he's grateful for. He listed a few in the car, but he really couldn't think of anything much. He brought the list to bed with him and once he started going, it didn't take him long.
I get so sick of the whining and complaining. Especially when I'm going out of my way to do something (like take the kids to the park!) But this grateful list works. When I'm in a bad mood I do it myself.
parts the list that may need decoding
15. mom took us to the park