Friday, July 5, 2013

5 Great Books for Teaching Kids to Be Responsible and Nice

The other day I was reading a new book to the kids and since it was about 7:15 in the morning, I was reading mindlessly, (sort of like a Zombie had stolen my brain) until I came across this sentence, "Bear rolled his eyes at Franklin."  

Really?  Bear rolled his eyes??  There is nothing that gets under my screen like an eye roll.  It makes me want to slap the eyes right out of the offender's head.  Honestly, I'm trying to avoid having my kids turning into sassy teen-agers...why would I want to teach them to do start eye rolling while they're still in preschool?  Sometimes I really have to wonder who writes these books for kids.  I want to shake them them and scream, "What are you thinking?!?"

Since then, I've been on the hunt for books that actually teach good things and help me with the values I am trying to teach them anyway.  Here are my favorites:

1.  The Please and Thank you Book.  This one has several different stories and each of them teach a great lesson, such as cleaning up after yourself when you go to a friends house, not being mopey, trying new foods, etc.  The kids really like it and I try to read it to them every week or so and talk to them about what the page is really saying.

2.  This next book is another gem because it teaches how important it is for kids to help clean up around the house.  It shows them what a mess everything would become if no one helped Mom clean up.  Help around the house with cleaning?  Yes please!  :-)

3.  Minnie's Slumber Party - This is an oldie but a goodie.  It teaches the lesson of how important it is to include everyone, even new people.


4.  Eager Beavers - My kids hate it when Daddy leaves for work, and they especially hate it when I leave for work, but I'm always trying to help them understand that it's good to be a hard worker.  This books helps me teach that lesson.

5.  The Little Engine that Could - Again, an older book, but a great message.  I did find that my kids didn't know about some of the terms they used in this book since it's such an old one, so we had to really talk through the message.

What are your favorite books for teaching good morals?

For some great ideas on things to do with kids, please check out my book, The Happy Mommy Handook: The Ultimate How-to Guide on Keeping Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Busy, Out of Trouble, and Motivated to Learn!

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