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With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the folks at SheKnows asked a group of kids a few questions about the holiday.

In the latest video in the site's #HatchKids series, a group of children were asked to chat about a few of the people and things they're thankful for. Their responses were exactly the type of innocent, loving, adorable answers you'd expect (or at least hope for) from a group of kids.

Of course, what the kids didn't know was that their parents were watching the whole thing in the next room.


Don't screw up, kids. Your parents are watching. All GIFs via SheKnows/YouTube.

When asked who they're thankful for and why, the kids focused on their parents.

This guy's awesome mom got a shout-out.

As did this girl's supportive parents.

Needless to say, some of the parents got a bit choked up hearing their little ones being so ... well, thankful!

But what does being thankful even mean? The kids had similarly awesome answers to that question too.

Being thankful is appreciating what you have.


Being thankful is recognizing your good fortune.

And being thankful is appreciating the people in your life and what they've done to make your world a better place.

Thanksgiving, in the sense it's celebrated today, is a time for love and reflection. But it doesn't need to be just one day.

We can treat every day as an opportunity to look at our lives and count ourselves lucky for what we have. We can treat every day as an opportunity to reach out to the people in our lives and let them know how much they mean to us.

So take some time today and ask yourself who you're thankful for. Whether you send a note, text, email, phone call, or hug, you can brighten someone else's day by letting them know how much they brighten yours.

Watch the #Hatchkids' latest video below, and share your thanks with someone in your life.

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"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

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An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

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