Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that you might enjoy. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Book Review - Being Frank (Talking with Kids about Thoughtfulness and Honesty)
My 10 year old son and I just read a
delightful new children’s book, titled “Being Frank”.It was written by Donna
Earnhardt and illustrated by Andrea
Castellani.It is about a little boy who
shares his opinions SO honestly that it hurts feelings and relationships.
The book has a great message
for adults training children with a knack for being a bit too frank.This was a BIG struggle for my daughter at
age 4.I vividly (and with horror)
remember her loudly sharing in front of the waiter “Mommy, he’s really fat.”,
and in front of a woman at the pool, “Mommy, she’s not modest.”.And my 7-year old son told me last month, “You’re
not good at telling jokes mom, you’re not very funny.You should just stick to talking.”All true, but definitely not shared with
Earnhardt offers a
lovely and humorous way to talk with young children about being respectful and
thoughtful while also being honest.She
shares great examples of the good and bad ways to express your honest opinions.
Daniel, age 10, says, “I
like the book.It teaches you how to
tell the truth, and it’s really funny.”
This is a good resource
for counselors to use in class.It’s
good for parents and grandparents to read to children ages 4-8, and possibly
even with middle school children.The website
also has creative activity downloads to further enhance the lessons.