Teaching our kids to say “thank you” is important, but truly instilling a sense of gratitude is a mindset and a lifestyle. I find I tend to take things for granted and don’t regularly make gratitude a part of my daily life. It often takes a tragedy to knock me back on track, like losing a loved one, or what happened to 4 Kids’ Sake on Thanksgiving Day. Our favorite consignment store for kids lost everything in a fire and didn’t have fire insurance. We don’t yet know what the future holds for the shop, but the Napa family who owns the business could use some help during this difficult time. I want to bring my child up feeling grateful instead of entitled, and I realize that doesn’t happen by itself. I certainly don’t have all the answers but I’ve compiled a few resources to help my family and hopefully yours.
About The Author
After spending hours online trying to find dance classes for her daughter, Holly Krassner Dawson decided to launch Napa Valley Kid ito help busy parents like herself. Her goal is to offer a one-stop location for families to find information about what to do with their kids – from classes to camps to special events. Holly has worked in marketing and communications for more than 25 years. She established her Napa-based consulting business in 2009 and currently provides services to a range of local nonprofits and others. She first moved to Napa in 2000 as the opening marketing director for Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts; following that, she worked in the publishing industry for five years. Earlier in her career, she spent six years working for public television and radio, three years in the arts and several years in politics. When she’s not in front of the computer or with a client, Holly is with her four-year-old daughter Talia at swim class, ballet or gymnastics; in the kitchen, the garden or the yoga studio; or reading a book (usually to her daughter) or enjoying a glass of wine with her husband Dan.