My little Thomas couldn’t get enough of Leonardo the Monster! He thought he was so funny, and the little stuffed toy hasn’t left his side, he has been sleeping with him every night along with reading his new books each night!
Sam, the Most Scaredy-Cat in the Whole World is about Sam who is scared of just about everything! He makes a friend with another scaredy cat friend to have some fun with!
Leonardo, the Terrible Monster desperately wants to be the most terrible monster that there ever was, but no matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to scare anyone! When he finally succeeds, he realizes that he might rather be a good friend than a terrible awful scary monster!
The book reminded me of the innocence of little children, and how just the smallest things can make them scared! My kids sometimes come down to our room in the night with a scary dream, or have little fears they will bring up. I love that they know that they can come to us if they are every feeling scared or worried.
As my kids have gotten older, and they aren’t in the safety of our home as often as they used to be, it is hard to know for sure sometimes if they act out if something is going on outside our home.
Each week when we get together to have a little Family Home Evening, we ask our kids the same questions. This has brought up so much discussion, and we have learned so many things that have been going on that we may never have found out about if we had not asked! So without further adieu, here are:
5 Questions Parents Should be Asking their Kids Every Week:
- Is there anything that is making you feel SCARED?
- Is there anything that is making you feel SAD?
- Is there anything that is making you feel UNCOMFORTABLE/ NERVOUS?
- Is there anything that is making you feel MAD?
- Is there anything that is making you feel HAPPY?
We as parents have been so surprised at some of the answers we have heard when we have asked our children these questions. We have found out about problems with bullies in their classroom. Inappropriate things that have been going on that we can now put as stop to. The reasons that one of the kids keeps coming into our bed at night. Good happy things that have happened that we may have missed if we didn’t take the time to sit down and ask the questions and listen. There are weeks that my kids will even bring it up, and say, “when are we going to do that thing where you ask us those questions.” They know that they can tell us anything that is bothering them, and it is a safe place for them to do it.
It is always so important to open up the dialogue with your children, so they know that no matter what, they can tell you anything, and you will be there to listen to them and help them through anything that may be going on. I hope that we can continue this tradition well into their teenage, and even adult years! It has really been something that we value in our home, and I hope that our kids will always know that we are there to listen and help them through the good times and the bad.
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