Literally - THANKS GIVING
Or, as we typically say, "giving thanks."
Your teachers have probably already asked you to think of something you are thankful for this year, but let’s take it a step further! Every day this month think of something different you are thankful for and share it with one or both of your parents. (Just a little piece of advice: one day you may want to be thankful for them!)
Sometimes it can be hard to be thankful. You had a rough day at school; you are mad at your parents; your disability is frustrating; or, things just don’t seem to be going your way. But if you dig deep, you can always find that there is something for which to be thankful. Some days it might just be the roof over your head or the food on your plate (even if you really don’t like those veggies), but those are both things often taken for granted here in the United States. If you get stuck trying to think of things to be thankful for, here are some thoughts to ponder.
|DID YOU KNOW|
|Children with disabilities around the globe are less likely to receive an education or have access to healthcare?|
|You can give thanks if you go to school each day and go to the doctor when you’re sick.|
|In some countries kids with a disability are institutionalized simply because their parents don’t have the means to provide for them.|
|You can give thanks if you live in a home with people who care for you.|
|Families can be shunned or ostracized for having a child with a disability and therefore the child isn’t even registered as being born, which means they can’t ever go to school or get health care.|
|You can give thanks for your family, neighbors and friends who love and support you.|
|Facts courtesy of www.unicef.org|
You can also be thankful for whatever movement you do have. This month NCHPAD is celebrating MOVEMBER! While you are thinking of things to be thankful for every day we also want you to stay active. Every day NCHPAD will be posting a different move for you to try. It might be the latest dance move or a new exercise. But we would love to hear about the moves you come up with too. Whether it be a random dance party that broke out in your kitchen or one you do every day, send it to us via Twitter or Facebook. We want to know how you get your move on this MOVEMBER.