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10 Things to Be Thankful For this Holiday Season


  1. Vaccines


    ​Vaccines are safe. Vaccines are effective. Vaccines save lives. And they're some of the medicine's greatest discoveries, tackling diseases many have almost forgotten. We are fortunate to live in a country that makes vaccinations available.

  2. Kindness


    ​Now more than ever, it is important to recognize kindness. Model it: children learn by watching. Be thankful when others show you that same respect.

  3. Our Village


    ​"It takes a village to raise a child." Hooray for grandparents, neighbors, teachers, friends and others who touch your life directly or indirectly.

  4. The Power of Play


    ​Playing is how kids learn. Plus, play supports the formation of the safe, stable, and nurturing relationships that children need to thrive. So, put down your smartphone. Play with your children. Be thankful for this magical age where fun and games can lead to so many joyful discoveries.

  5. Our Differences


    ​We live in a melting pot. Teach your children to honor those differences and celebrate the ways that make our country unique and awesome!

  6. Our Children's Friends


    ​They come into their lives for a reason. Be grateful for the lessons each relationship brings, especially about helping them feel secure outside the family. Get to know your child's friends.

  7. Books


    ​A really great book has the power to teach and inspire us, and that is a gift. Instill a love of books from a young age, and read with your child or have them read to you!

  8. Sleep


    ​A good night's rest for everyone in the family is often what many parents are thankful for; we understand! How many hours does your child need?

  9. Family Meals


    ​Eating at least three family meals together each week is associated with healthier kids. Give thanks each time you are able to sit down, talk and eat together; not just on Thanksgiving!

  10. Gratitude


    ​Find some time each day to talk about what you are thankful for– perhaps at the dinner table, before bed, or while you are driving in the car. Ask your children, "What was the best part of your day?" Model the benefits of having a thankful heart while providing opportunities for your children to express their gratitude.

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The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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