Jan 13, 2017

Movies That Teach Kids About Honesty

Pinocchio, Aladdin, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
How do I teach my kids about honesty and all that it entails?  That can be a deep topic since it doesn't just include outward lying?  I have tried so many ways to teach my girls about honesty.  So I wanted to try a new way and that is through movies!  

Movies can teach kids so much.  That is why it is important that they are watching uplifting and good movies.  I have rounded up my favorites for the value HONESTY.  

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Movies That Teach Kids About Honesty
Some people do not like this movie.  I am not in love with it, but it shows very simply what a lie is.  Sometimes when kids are just learning about honesty they don't entirely understand it.  So I think Pinocchio helps show what lying actually is in a very simple way.

Movies That Teach Kids About Honesty
Honesty isn't a huge part of what is taught in Mary Poppins, but she teaches the kids so many good lessons.  At one point they want her to stay forever and she tells them no.  Then she says, "That’s a pie crust promise, easily made, easily broken."  I love that.  She is teaching through example which is the best way to teach. 

Movies That Teach Kids About Honesty
It shows all the bad things that can happen if someone gets away with a lie.  Simba finally goes back and faces the truth after Scar had lied for many years. 

Movies That Teach Kids About Honesty
This is another movie that teaches kids so many good life lessons, but one that I love is how Charlie in the end tells the truth and then he is forgiven.  I like that this movie teaches that honesty can prompt forgiveness and that if you are honest and fair then you can grow up to be a great leader. 

Movies That Teach Kids About Honesty
This movie teaches that you shouldn't have to lie to make friends or in this case have someone fall in love with you.  Jasmine actually likes Aladdin more than Prince Ali.  Also, his lies made him initially break a promise to the Genie (which is lying also).  Luckily, he had a second chance to make it right with Genie.  

I can't wait to continue watching these with my girls.  Do you have any you would add to this list? 

Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, The Lion King, Pinocchio

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Jan 5, 2017

Honesty Family Home Evening Ideas

Teaching kids values
Honesty.  Do you have a problem teaching your kids about it?  My preschooler has a hard time understanding what it means exactly.  She knows it is good to be honest.  So when she is being bad (crying, acting out, being mean to her sister, etc.) she will say, "I'm sorry I'm lying."  

Then it seems once kids are older they know what it is, but lying is so tempting.  The joys of being a mom, right?  It isn't easy, but it is so fun and challenging.  And I love a good challenge. 

I mentioned in my post about my command center that we focus on a value a month.  January is always the value honesty.  We have already had quite a few lessons on it this month, but I am excited to teach my daughters more.  I am hoping to help my preschooler understand it better than she did last year. 

I am going to share some things on the blog with you.  Each month I will share what the value is that we are learning about.  Then I will share what I plan on using for Family Home Evenings every Monday.  I also plan on sharing a post about books that we have read about the value we are learning.  Also, movies that we plan on watching or have watched that teach kids about the monthly value.  Lastly, I want to share a printable quote about the monthly value.  That way you can display it in your home as a reminder.

I am hoping this will help you teach your kids more about the lost values in today's world.  I will have tried and tested the books and possibly some of the movies.  I am excited to start learning these values with my daughters for the second time.  Last year seemed to introduce them.  This year I hope to get more of a solid grip on them. 

Since I have already missed a Monday night I wanted to get this post up ASAP.  Here are my plans for our Family Home Evening lessons on the value, Honesty.  These are all guidelines that I will look at.  I might have to change some things up.  I have a four year old and a one year old.  So their attention spans are very different.  I might have to alter some of these lesson plans, but I like the basics that are with each one of them.  I encourage you to do the same.  Do what works for your family.

Although I missed the first Monday this month I still wanted to give you 5 different choices!  These all look fun and entertaining for kids of all ages.  I hope I'm right! 

Teaching kids values

Do you have any other Family Home Evening ideas about honesty that I didn't mention above?

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Jan 3, 2017

Have a Command Center You Can Be Proud Of

Positive, Home Management, Family Rules or laws, organization
Chore Charts!  Reading lists! Meal Planning!  Schedules for the whole family!  "To do" lists!  Papers all over the house!  All of these things are out of control.  Talk about information overload and this doesn't even include getting buried by papers left and right.

Not to mention there are the things I try to teach my kids so they can be good people in the world.  You know like rules, values, and ways to help keep whining in check.  Plus you want to be surrounded by positive words and quotes and maybe even have a family mantra or cheer or song.  

Sounds too good to actually happen right?  Please tell me that I am not the only one rolling my eyes saying, "Yes!  Sounds fantastic!  IN A PERFECT WORLD!"  Oh I get it.  

Now lets just think about it for a minute.  It is the beginning of the year.  Doesn't that mean it's time to reflect on the previous year and try to better ourselves for the new year to come?  Last year I wanted to be more organized.  I tried.  At times I succeeded and at times I did not.  I will say one reason for the failed times was because I didn't communicate it with my family.  I would put something on my personal calendar or maybe my personal to do list and then no one else would know about it.  I started holding family meetings every Sunday and that helped, but it still wasn't front and center in everyone's mind.  

This year I am going to do better.  I have already made steps to ensure this will actually happen.  As a mom, life can be challenging because, we are in charge of not just our own lives, but basically the whole family's life.  That is a big responsibility.  I had to think of a way to help my family come together and work together on goals and/or to do lists.  Maybe even on certain values.  The only way we will succeed is to help each other as a family unit.  That is what I want to accomplish this year. 

Does this sound lame to you or does it sound like something you could get on board with?  If you want to stick around I would love to show you how I plan on doing this.  I just started this in December.  So I am still ironing out the kinks, but so far this is working beautifully.
Organization, Home Management, Positive, Family Rules or laws

Dec 15, 2016

Poinsettia Wreath: The Christmas Version of the Sunflower Wreath

Christmas wreath, Christmas decor, Christmas decoration, Christmas craft
I need to start off this post stating that I personally do not have the Sunflower Wreath.  I laugh when I say that because I have made that wreath dozens of times for different people.  I was inspired to make that wreath in the beginning by someone else. 

Dec 9, 2016

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Your Husband

wants, needs, shoes, clothes, toys
I am completely done Christmas shopping, except for my husband.  He is the HARDEST person I have to shop for.  Usually it is because he buys everything that he wants, but this year that wasn't the case.  The other reason why he is hard is because he is SO PARTICULAR.  

Dec 6, 2016

Small & Simple Ways to Make the Season Bright

Gift wrap ideas, stocking stuffer ideas, holiday decorations, kid crafts
I was provided free product from Oriental Trading in exchange for a blog post.  No other type of compensation was received.  All opinions are my own.

It's December!  I say that in two tones.  One is that I love December and the magic that comes with the Christmas season.  However, I also say that in the tone of HOLY COW!  I have so much to do!  If you have been following along then you know that I am pretty much done Christmas shopping.  Honestly, at this point I only have my husband to shop for and I only have a few gifts to get him.   I'm pretty excited about that! 

Dec 1, 2016

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Family and Friends

This year I have 15+ people to buy for when it comes to friends and family.  That number can sometimes throw me into a panic.  The busy and crazy season can sometimes get the best of me.  So this year I am trying to simplify it.  

Nov 29, 2016

Gift Ideas for the Person Who Has Everything

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I have quite a few people on my Christmas list that have EVERYTHING.  If they don't have something they want then they buy it.  Seriously, so stressful at times.  So for those people I have given up.  I just don't get them a present.  

Nov 8, 2016

The Ultimate Gift Guide for a 1 Year Old Girl

Frugal, want, need, clothes, creative, useful, toys
Christmas shopping can be hard because I want to get the perfect gift.  I feel like it is even more hard when it is for a baby or toddler that really doesn't have an opinion or maybe doesn't stick with one thing for more than a couple minutes.  

Nov 4, 2016

Are You Specific With Your Gratitude List?

Thankful Grateful Blessed t-shirt
This world that we live in is so fast pasted.  Thanks to social media it is a place that comparison is so rampant.  Many times I feel so discouraged or less than.  I feel like I can't keep up with this person or that person. 

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