Little Critter book giveaway — ends 8/25

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Now that the kids are headed back to school, it’ll be time to sign those reading logs again!   My son has reading homework every night; he’s pretty bored with the books we already read a zillion times.  He really likes the new Little Critter board books from Tommy Nelson because they’re so easy for kids to relate to! We All Need Forgiveness - a new book from @TommyNelson.  Enter the giveaway at savingsinseconds.com The first book we received for review was We All Need Forgiveness.   The book uses biblical principle to explain why forgiveness is needed for both the victim and the wrongdoer.  My son’s biggest battle is apologizing when something is an accident.  He seems to feel that “I’m sorry” only needs to be said when an injury was intentional.  However, this Little Critter book helped me to explain that offering forgiveness helps the injured person to get over the emotional pain, too.  That’s all pretty deep for a 5 year old to understand, but we’re working through it!  And believe me, we have lots of opportunities to practice!  Little Critter does some typical things to make his friends angry.  As he takes a little self-initiated time out, he realizes that everyone needs forgiveness.  The only complaint that I had with this book was that Little Critter never actually takes the step of apologizing to those he hurt.  We needed to discuss that important process because the words that are said, and how they are said, are so important!

The second book we received was Being Thankful.  It’s really hard to teach gratitude because kids are often so self-centered.  They are raised with the impression that the adults in their lives are there to love, serve, and sometimes obey them.  Now, that’s all well and good when the child is an infant but when they’re old enough to ask for things (toddler age, perhaps) it’s time to introduce the habit of saying “Thank you.”   I’ve tried to impress upon my children the concept of being thankful for our blessings.  When we see the rain, for example, we say a prayer of thanks because we have an umbrella to keep us dry.  We thank God for the rain that will provide water for us to drink, for the flowers to grow, and to fill up  our pool.  Those examples of being thankful might sound silly but it’s important to stick with the concrete examples when kids are learning to be grateful.  Little Critter helped to make that lesson completely relevant to my kids.    Let me suggest that when you read this book with your child, try to have a little momento to use as an object lesson.  In the book, Little Critter receives a special rock from his grandma as a reminder to be thankful.  It’s an easy thing to do and will make the book more meaningful for your child. Being Thankful - enter to win the new Little Critters book from @TommyNelson at savingsinseconds.com

Would your kids enjoy reading the Little Critter books, too?  One lucky Savings in Seconds reader will win a copy of both books.  The giveaway is open to US readers ages 18+. Void where prohibited by law.  If you have a chance, please thank our sponsor (showing that gratitude again!)  Good luck!
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  1. I’m trying to teach my kids about gratitude and forgiveness right now and haven’t been too successful yet. Maybe these books will help me turn it around! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  2. My youngest boy was getting bullied a lot in school and it was very hard fro him to be forgiving of the ones that were bullying him. I would say he was most like the main character of this book.

  3. Sherry Compton says:

    My daughter feels deeply and gets sorry later for things she said. It’s a good time to remind her that we all say mean things at time but we have to work on it and ask for forgiveness. We have to own up to it to the other person and to God, but God forgives all things and I forgive her too.

  4. We try to mention little things we’re thankful for every day in prayer & get reminders when we’re feeling a little entitled/ungrateful for the snacks, food, toys we DO have!

  5. I share Bible stories with them and try to be an example of forgiveness. I like the mom character in the books.

  6. Kimberly Schotz says:

    We are working on gratitude. My children have started volunteering for a local organization.

  7. We identify with Little Critter.

  8. My daughter is learning forgiveness now and is having a hard time about forgiving her brother when he breaks one of her toys etc. I am also teaching responsibility as well and teaching that if her toy room is picked up, it will be less likely for her brother to get into things.

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