Two Important (and Favorite) Honesty Books

Two Important (and Favorite) Honesty Books

If you saw my post from Tuesday of this week, then you already know that our Family Focus Trait for May is honesty! And, you’ve already seen the two books that we used for our honesty kickoff. In that post, I promised a more in-depth look at both, because both are absolutely worth reading, so I’ve got that information for you today. Read on to see why our whole family loves both The Empty Pot by Demi and Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin!

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May Family Focus: Honesty

May Family Focus: Honesty

So, now that we’re a handful of days into May, it’s time to announce our May Family Focus Trait —  honesty! We officially wrapped up the April Family Focus of authentic apologies and genuine forgiveness and kicked off Honesty Month. Thus far, I’ve always published my booklist before the month started, but I have a fun collaboration for this booklist, so you’ll have to wait till next week for it. In the meantime, read on to hear how we kicked off May! Continue reading “May Family Focus: Honesty”

Desmond and the Very Mean Word by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams

Desmond and the Very Mean Word by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams

Though I’ve been more quiet on here lately, we are still forging ahead with our Family Focus on authentic apologies and genuine forgiveness… But, life’s been a little crazy, so the focus and the family meetings have looked a little different. Case in point– last week, we had a family meeting over breakfast rather than dinner, because my husband’s work schedule has been unpredictable during this social distancing time, but he had some free time one morning! During that family meeting, we used Archbishop Demond Tutu’s book Desmond and the Very Mean Word (written with Douglas Carlton Abrams), based on a real event from Tutu’s childhood, to center our hearts and minds on forgiveness. We chose for April’s focus to be apologies and forgiveness way back in December, not knowing how different life would look in April than we anticipated. Man, am I glad we’re working on this, because so much time in such a close space leads to some real spats and moments from which we can recover! Continue reading “Desmond and the Very Mean Word by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams”

April Family Focus: Apology of Action Family Meeting

April Family Focus: Apology of Action Family Meeting

A few weeks ago, I mentioned how important helping our girls learn how to make an authentic apology is to us, and I referenced Responsive Classroom’s “apology of action” as a terrific way to model, practice, and teach authentic apologies.

So, what is an apology of action? An apology of action stems from the larger umbrella consequence of “you break it, you fix it,” which is exactly what it sounds like— children take responsibility for fixing what they’ve broken. Yes, it means that if he breaks a toy, he finds a way to fix it, or if she spills her milk, she cleans it up.

But, “you break it, you fix it” also covers hurting someone’s body or hurting someone’s heart, and that’s where we teach children to fix their mistakes through an apology of action. Continue reading “April Family Focus: Apology of Action Family Meeting”

The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty

The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty

Today’s post is a book recommendation for our Family Focus Traits: Authentic Apologies and Genuine Forgiveness month. Today, though, I bring you an adorable book of forgiveness. Though it doesn’t contain the words “I’m sorry” or “I forgive you,” Helen and Thomas Docherty’s The Snatchabook brings us an endearing model of authentic remorse and genuine forgiveness in little Eliza Brown. Continue reading “The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty”

April Family Focus: Authentic Apologies and Genuine Forgiveness

April Family Focus: Authentic Apologies and Genuine Forgiveness

If you missed our April booklist, we decided to continue on with our family’s focus on 12 character traits throughout 2020, recognizing that though life has changed quite drastically over the last month, we’ve been given an incredible gift of uninterrupted family time. To that end, we’re spending the month of April focusing as a family on authentic apologies and genuine forgiveness.

Though our apology and forgiveness books have been on our front-facing bookshelf since April 1, we finally had our official kick-off night on Saturday, April 4. Read on to see what book we chose to read together for this kick-off, the chart we made, and discussion ideas we have for the rest of the month. Continue reading “April Family Focus: Authentic Apologies and Genuine Forgiveness”

Books that Model Authentic Apologies and Genuine Forgiveness

Books that Model Authentic Apologies and Genuine Forgiveness

As you all know, my husband and I decided to make 2020 be the year that we intentionally teach, model, and practice with our girls one character trait per month. We have chosen these traits thoughtfully, spending time discussing what traits are important to us and what kind of adults we hope to help our children grow up to be. While the first three months of this work in 2020 seemed important and impactful, we’ve all recently been given the gift of time with the people in our houses, the opportunity to focus on what’s really important. In our house, we’re embracing this as a chance to truly focus on what kind of people our children grow up to be.

Our plan for April had been to work with the girls on authentic apologies and heartfelt forgiveness. While I thought about changing our focus or abandoning altogether for a month while we get our “everyone at home all day every day” feet under us, we’re going to power through on that focus… After all, so much time together in a small space inevitably leads to situations were genuine, heartfelt apologies and forgiveness are needed!

Today, I’ve got a booklist full of wonderful children’s stories in which the characters model not only authentic forgiveness, but also exemplify what a genuine apology might sound and look like (we talk a lot in our house about Responsive Classroom’s “apology of action” if you want more to help your children go beyond simple “I’m sorries”). Continue reading “Books that Model Authentic Apologies and Genuine Forgiveness”

The Power to Choose Series by Ganit and Adir Levy

The Power to Choose Series by Ganit and Adir Levy

I often say that books give children the opportunity to practice who they want to be in the world, and today’s recommended series gives them not only numerous opportunities to practice, but also a chance to “live” the effects of their choices! These books are picture book versions of those Choose Your Own Adventure books (which I LOVED as a child), and are also perfect for fostering positive character traits in your children. I’m talking about “The Power to Choose” series by Ganit and Adir Levy, illustrated by Doro Kaiser! And while these do loosely relate to teamwork and cooperation, each book in the series also loosely relates to just about any character trait that you might want to develop in your children.  Continue reading “The Power to Choose Series by Ganit and Adir Levy”

Teamwork and Cooperation Activity: Collaborative Sewing

Teamwork and Cooperation Activity: Collaborative Sewing

Last week, I posted a photo in Instagram stories about our collaborative sewing project as a part of our March Family Focus on teamwork and cooperation. Today, I’ve got details about how we approached this project, and well as photos of the final product! Continue reading “Teamwork and Cooperation Activity: Collaborative Sewing”

Unselfish Kids by Paul D. Parkinson and Sammie Parkinson

Unselfish Kids by Paul D. Parkinson and Sammie Parkinson

Have you heard of the “Unselfish” series by Paul Parkinson and Sammie Parkinson? I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of the first book in the series, Unselfish: Love Thy Neighbor As Thy Selfie until the authors reached out to ask if I’d like to receive a copy of the newest in the series, Unselfish Kids. And while my answer was my standard answer (“I’d love to receive your book, but I can’t promise to feature it until we’ve received it and read it a few times, as I’m committed to only featuring books we truly love.”), I was very excited about this book! And it did not disappoint upon arrival. Read on to see what makes this book uniquely inspiring!
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