First Times: 21 days of gratitude

This post is a little different than my usual classroom posts but I hope you will take a minute to read it to the end because it is both a little personal as well as meant to encourage you…

I am a relatively new grandmom to two of the sweetest little boys you could ever, ever get the chance to know…

As I watch my grandsons go about their daily activities with their mommy and daddy, I am constantly aware and in awe of how  everyday experiences are not just ordinary but instead, they are extraordinary and often experiences that they will be enjoying for the very first time…

I am grateful because I live close by my grandchildren and often get the chance to watch both my grandsons as they explore their world for the first time…

While with my grandsons, I am constantly aware of how precious each moment is as they explore their way through the early childhood years and beyond…

I believe that being a grandparent is also making me a better teacher. I look at my students and realize that they too are experiencing many firsts in their life – right here in my classroom.  Whether this is their first time in preschool or the first time using a glue bottle or the first time cutting with scissors or the first time playing a silly frog game, I am grateful for the opportunity to share in the first time experiences of my students too…

I am grateful for all of the first that are in my life right now.  The young children in our families or in our care are so precious. Let me encourage you to notice and appreciate the many “firsts” of the children in your care and with every first you share in, whether it be big or small, be grateful that you get to take part in such an important season of life…

Continue to be Encouraged!

This post is Day 2 of the “21 Days of Gratitude – A Challenge for the Whole Family.”

Head on over to the Inspired by Family Magazine blog and be inspired by the wonderful bloggers who are sharing an inspiring collection of 21 days of being thankful posts.

By |2012-11-02T06:00:23+00:00November 2nd, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Robin November 2, 2012 at 7:31 am - Reply

    This is a great post. I think all of us have to be reminded of this from time to time. Thank you for reminding me.
    I will be a first time grandmother in December and then in April. I am so excited.
    Thanks for everything you do.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 3, 2012 at 12:50 am - Reply

      Oh – you are going to love it Robin! There is nothing like being a grandmother! Let me welcome you just a little early to the Grandma Club!!

  2. Inspired by Family November 2, 2012 at 7:48 am - Reply

    I love it! thanks so much for sharing your bundle of joys!

  3. JDaniel4's Mom November 2, 2012 at 7:54 am - Reply

    What cuties! I love having my mom close by. Little ones have such a special relationship with their grands.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 3, 2012 at 12:49 am - Reply

      And I would imagine that your parents are so blessed by your willingness to give them time to invest in their relationship with their grandchildren. I know this is especially something I am grateful for as well.

  4. Susan Case November 2, 2012 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Love the photos. Yes, we do have so much to be grateful for. I love the 21 Days of Gratitude posts. Thanks for sharing yours.

  5. deborah November 2, 2012 at 9:21 am - Reply

    The world is so fun viewed through a child’s eyes!

    I love how proud you are of your grandsons! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 3, 2012 at 12:48 am - Reply

      I am just a little proud 🙂

  6. Katherine Marie November 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Beautiful reflections!!!!!!! I loved what you said about how grand parenting is teaching you how to be a better teacher. It reminds me of the time my mom told me about when I was first born… she began to see her students differently… She understood the how much each student was loved and cherished with new depth and meaning! I think it is extraordinary that your beautiful grandsons get to be so close!!!!! Truly a blessing!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 3, 2012 at 12:48 am - Reply

      Your mom was exactly right – it does bring new depth and meaning into the way you view and care about your students. I am so glad you stopped by to read the post and share my joy:)

  7. nancy brunner November 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the beautiful reminder. God bless!

  8. Maria November 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Thanks for being there, for sharing all your thoughts with us. And congratulations for those wonderful boys!!

  9. The Iowa Farmer's Wife November 8, 2012 at 8:44 am - Reply

    What a sweet sweet post! Your grandsons are so blessed to have their grandma so close! I wish every day my mama lived closer. And you are DEFINITELY a blessing to your students!

  10. raeann November 8, 2012 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    thank you so much for your sweet comment. i love this. it reminds me of my niece & nephew, who don’t live close by. any chance i get to be around them, i try to soak up every single second watching them experience the ‘new’.


  11. PragmaticMom November 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Such cute grandkids! I’m so looking forward to becoming a grandmother one day!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 9, 2012 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      You will love it when you become a grandmom! My grandsons are my greatest joy:)

  12. Oana79 November 18, 2012 at 4:49 am - Reply

    Great idea, I caught on a bit late but I will join you for the last 4 days, if I may.

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