How did you learn how to be a good person? Until I had children, I never really stopped to think about these everyday lessons for kids. As a mother, more than anything, I want my girls to be good people. Polite, gracious, respectful, kind, and loyal. Typically, these are everyday lessons our children learn as they go through life, navigate friendships, and make their own mistakes, with help, support, and reinforcement at home.
With our current in-home learning program, the girls aren’t spending time with friends, and while we have been working hard each day to stay on-track academically, we are working overtime on stressing the importance of social/emotional relationships at this age! So we are also working on remembering the importance of teaching them kindness, sharing, honesty, and respect!
While the first few weeks of home-learning were tricky, we have finally found a groove, and seem to have a grip on “our new normal”. We definitely had to lower expectations and learn that some days, getting washed up and dressed is just too much, and that’s ok!
As part of the popular Zonderkidz Living Lights™ series, The Berenstain Bears have an amazing collection of books that teach these Everyday Lessons through kid-friendly text. The stories are engaging, and the girls loved the pictures. Throughout the stories, easy-to-remember Bible verses teach valuable life lessons and encourage discussions. We read Honesty Counts before bed the other night. After, I had a short, but really-engaging chat with Addy and London about times it would have been easier to take a shortcut, but chose to work hard and complete a task the right way. I am all for anything that is going to inspire quality conversations about prayer, kindness, and thankfulness with my kids!
If you are spending extra time at home, and trying to manage behaviors this spring, consider a few of the below books to help reinforce those important everyday lessons for kids:
For more, see how we use The Berenstain Bears as a teaching tool around the holidays in this blog post, and find some fun faith-based activities here!