“It’s a wonderful thing how the wild calms the child.” ~Unknown
Let’s think about something... If children are not connected to the environment, why would they ever want to take care of it?
Every time we walk out the door, nature is there, waiting to be noticed. This complex, natural world surrounds us every single day. It is mind-blowing and magnificent, but how often do we stop and notice it?
OH NO, GEORGE! by Chris Haughton is an adorable book about self-control. George really wants to make the right decision and behave, but does he? This is the perfect little book to read with young children to start a conversation about the fact that we are our choices. We choose how we behave.
Before we gain self-control, we behave on instinct and emotion.
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward
Gratitude is crucial to our well-being and our social lives. Research from a study published in the Journal of Research in Personality found that “Over time, gratitude leads to lower stress and depression and higher levels of social support.”
As parents, we need to bring gratitude into our own lives and set a good example.
One of my favorite parts of working with young families is watching them grow closer together. I love to hear stories of how one little tweak improved the quality of their family’s interactions, and I ALWAYS appreciate when they take the time to share their stories with me. Jasmine recently took the time to share her story, and it made me so happy, I wanted to share it here. She said: