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It’s Okay to Fail as Long as You Try, a Lesson From Sophie the Skunk

With kids heading back to school and fall sports programs starting back up, it’s important we keep our kids in tune with what matters. One of the most important lessons, and maybe THE most important life lesson, we have been trying to ingrain in our oldest son, is that it’s okay to fail as long as he tries. You never know, just like Sophie the Skunk Who Sometimes Stunk, failing at one thing could mean finding success in another.

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My oldest son is just 6 years old, but for the past few years we’ve tried to get him to understand that’s it’s okay to fail. As adults, we know that failing is a part of life and if we don’t fail sometimes, we aren’t learning. Every day is an opportunity to learn!

Since he’s a young kid, it’s natural to feel like failing just isn’t an option. In his eyes, it’s win and succeed, or nothing. But it’s important to us, and we tell him all the time, it’s okay to be wrong. It’s okay to fail. It’s okay to lose. As long as you try. We’re trying to build his confidence and teach him to never give up.

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So when I got the chance to get a copy of Sophie the Skunk Who Sometimes Stunk, I knew it would be the perfect book for him. The story of Sophie reminds kids that it’s okay to not always be the best at something. Like Sophie, kids can give new hobbies their best effort and trust that even if they don’t always make the team or get a part in the cast, it is better to try and fail, than to never try at all. Sophie the Skunk Who Sometimes Stunk is one of the most relatable books my son could own right now.

Sophie loves to sing and dance, but she doesn’t make the cut for the Talent Show. That doesn’t stop Sophie from continuing to sing and dance at home, though. It’s something she loves to do and one failure isn’t going to stop her. Maybe singing and dancing in front of an audience just isn’t for her. So she tries her hand at sports and guess what – she’s great at them! Failing at one thing could mean finding success in another.

Author, Kathryn Evans, says:

My goal is to show kids that sometimes it’s a good thing to not be the best at something. You might discover a new talent you may have not noticed before.

Had Sophie not failed at getting a part in the Talent Show, she never would have known she was so great at sports.

I sat down a few days ago and read Sophie the Skunk Who Sometimes Stunk, with my son. As we were reading I tried to explain each page so he’d really understand the lesson of the story, and tried to correlate it with activities he’s going through now so he’d understand better.

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One thing that stood out to me, was that Sophie wasn’t the best at reading. But she read extra and more than was expected, and as a result she received a reading award at the end of the year. All because she kept trying and wouldn’t let herself give up. My son learned a lot of reading skills in kindergarten, but still has doubts about his abilities. We know that if he tries, his reading skills will shine. It was a perfect place in Sophie’s story to remind him that just like we tell him all the time, you just have to try.

So as your kids head back to school or start a new extracurricular activity, don’t forget that it’s okay to let them fail or not be good at something. It’s okay to not understand a math problem. It’s okay not to know how to draw a portrait. It’s okay to miss that soccer goal. Just encourage them to continue trying and do their best. And if they want to try something different, there’s nothing wrong with that either. They may find exactly what they’re amazing at and shine brighter than ever.

It’s okay to fail as long as you try.

Do your kids struggle with self-confidence and persistence?

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You Can’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover | Isosceles’ Day

We have a new book in the house! Whoop! Whoop! By now you probably already know that reading is an important part of growing up in this house and we like to share whimsical stories with our kids. The newest book, Isosceles’ Day, is certainly no different in that it’s just about as whimsical as it gets. BUT, and this is a big but, there’s another side to the story. One that gives the book a whole different meaning and the reader a completely different view.

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When you first read it, Isosceles’ Day appears to be about a dog named Isosceles and a day in his life with his other furry friends. And while this is true, with all the fun and silly things they do, knowing the background to the story makes it so much more meaningful. It’s a book where there’s more than meets the eye.

What makes this book so whimsical and fun for my kids is the fun and silly things Isosceles does throughout the day. From waking up to dancing eggs (I wished my eggs did a little dance in the mornings), to singing with a moose, drinking from the hose with the help of a goose, playing in the water with a platypus, and lots more. Isosceles has quite the list of friends who make the simple things in life so much more fun.

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But when you first read the story, what you don’t know is that Isosceles is a real dog who had an unfortunate start in life. He had been chained up in a backyard, likely abused for the first 3 years of his life with little to no human interaction, even during harsh and frigid winters. The same day Isosceles arrived at the shelter he was adopted by the author of this book, Kevin Meehan.

Meehan knew what it was like to grow up without much of a home, love, or sense of protection. And upon adopting Isosceles, for the first time the dog had a warm home and bed, and could explore the world without the restraints of chains and confinement. This new relationship was the inspiration behind Isosceles’ Day, as Meehan takes readers through a day in the new life of Isosceles.

At first glance, Isosceles’ Day is just about a dog and the silly things he and his furry friends do. But after learning the inspiration for the book, it’s hard not to think about Isosceles’ past and how the right person in his life has given him such a different and fun-loving life.

You may not know this, but we are dog owners. Our dogs weren’t adopted, but we learned many years ago that many times it’s the shelter dogs that need the most love. Just like people, you never know what animals have been through and can’t make a difference in their past, but you can certainly make a difference in their present and future.

You really can’t judge a book by it’s cover – or a dog – or a person.

Have you ever adopted a pet?

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When Reading Practice Becomes Sibling Bonding Time

When you have one kid who loves to be read to and one kid who’s learning to read, reading practice becomes a great time for sibling bonding. Even more so when the book being read is all about groups or families of animals. When Fur and Feather Get Together is the newest addition to my kids’ home library and it’s one I love seeing my son read because it teaches how beautiful family really is. I’d say that’s a pretty great way for my kids to bond.

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When Fur and Feather Get Together by David Margrave is a fun rhyming book that teaches kids what groups of animals are called when they get together. For example, a group of fish is called a school. A group of rhinos is called a crash. A group of geese is called a gaggle. But the overall takeaway is that no matter what group you’re a part of, family is everything and each family is beautiful in its own rights.

The book gives readers the chance to teach their kids many things, like

  • Animals have families too, and have fun spending time and playing with them.
  • Learning doesn’t have to be serious – it can be silly too.
  • Although people and animals may be different from each other, they also have many things in common.
  • How ideas and stories are brought to life through art and creativity.
  • Why it’s so important to build memories through spending time with family and learning from one another.

This last point is exactly what I see when my son reads to his sister. Memories for us all and they’re both learning from each other. He’s getting in his reading practice and sounding out new words, while she listens to a fun rhyming story and starts learning from him. It makes my heart melt.

Do your kids love reading together?

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Share the Joy of Reading with Bookroo

With all the technology available to our kids today, sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and enjoy the simpler things, things like reading physical books. Shocked to hear that books still exist? Haha! They most definitely do and we are constantly working to expand our kids’ home library. With the help of Bookroo, growing their collection is as easy as it gets.

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It’s important that we take the time to help our kids’ imaginations grow, improve their listening skills, and expand their understanding of the world. The easiest way to do this is by reading to them.

It’s not just children’s classics like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” that we need to read to our kids. It may be a favorite, but there’s so much more to be learned by reading a large variety of books.

Bookroo, a monthly children’s book subscription, can help with book selection! One of the things Bookroo offers in its monthly shipments is an assortment of different titles.

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This month we received two titles that I’ve never heard of, but they turned out to be great choices – “Lily Wool” and “Edward Built a Rocketship.”

“Lily Wool” is about a little sheep, Lily Wool, who is a bit of an outcast in her herd. In the end she’s able to find and follow her unique passion, while helping others around her. It’s a great story for those trying to find their place, even if it’s not the norm.

“Edward Built a Rocketship” is a fun rhyming story that follows Edward as he plans and creates his own rocketship, then uses his imagination to journey through outer space. It’s quite the adventure!

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Another fun feature of Bookroo is that each book comes individually wrapped, so it’s always a surprise to the kids as they open them up. Most people don’t think of books as gifts, but I personally think that when books are wrapped and kids get to open them up, it adds a sense of excitement about reading. Gifts are exciting, right? So if a book is wrapped like a gift, they must be a fun item and reading must be exciting.

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Bookroo is a wonderful gift for kids this holiday season.

Starting at $15.99 per shipment with a 12 month subscription, and ranging up to $17.99 per shipment with a month-to-month subscription, it’s an affordable option too. And for you deal seekers, each shipment retails for more than you actually pay for the subscription.

Plus, it’s easy to sign up or gift a Bookroo subscription.

First, you choose which type of shipment you want – board books or picture books.

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Then you choose your subscription.

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And last, you enter your billing info and then sit back and wait for shipments to come every month.

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Which shipment option would your kids enjoy – board books or picture books?

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