Has your child ever had something they really wanted? Something you know as their parent that they won't like quite as well as they think they will?
Whether you are an adult or a child, it can be so tempting to believe that some "thing" is the solution to all your problems.
"Once I just have XYZ then I will be happy!"
But rarely does it turn out like that.
What does make a difference is love - and Marshall's family is full of that in spades. Everyone worked together to help his dream come through, even though they didn't understand it. And no one criticized him when it didn't work out the way he hoped. And in the end, they still found a great use for the green high-top sneakers anyway.
A wonderful book to talk to your children about what really matters.
- Have you ever wanted something and didn't get it?
- Did you ever get a present that wasn't as exciting as you hoped?
- What is a way to be kind and gracious to others even when you don't get your way?
- What should you say to someone who gives you a gift?
Activities for Kids:
- Make your own little mice by gluing a yarn tale and googly eyes onto a cotton ball. Paint it whatever color you want.
- Think of a way that you can help give someone else something they want. See if your local children's hospital has a list of needed items for the children for example.
- Write thank you letters to people who have given you gifts. For younger children just have them write their name, and decorate the paper with paint, crayons, or stickers.
Cultural Diversity: A book that successfully tells a universal human stories through the eyes of animal characters.