When it comes to planting seeds of emotional well-being in our own children’s lives, we hope to see them reap the benefits of gratitude. Some of the outcomes of practicing gratitude include better relationships, increased happiness, a larger capacity for empathy, positive self-esteem, and increased mental strength.
As parents, we want our children to fully comprehend how much we love them and how much we are willing to do for them. We want happy, emotionally healthy kids who say proper thank yous, feel grateful for what we do for them, and live happy, fulfilled lives. All that said, the world our kids are stepping into may require more thoughtful preparation than what we needed when we were kids. This is especially true given increasingly intense demands—both social and academic—that are taking an emotional toll.
Now, research is beginning to point toward what we have intuitively known for years—gratitude helps improve our overall health and well-being. A practice of gratitude is easy to start, and repetition will solidify these skills early on.
This is the intention behind Honey Bear. Honey Bear’s story helps parents focus on the relationships they have with their children, bringing more awareness to things in their everyday lives that they can be grateful for. At Slumberkins, we know parents are the best role models of the skills we are trying to impart on children. So, like many of our books, the narrative of Honey Bear’s story is crafted in such a way that parents model gratitude by speaking words of appreciation to their child—thereby deepening the parent-child bond and creating a safe and loving space from which all learning and love can thrive. The story takes parents and children on an interactive journey where they are encouraged to notice gifts big and small all around. Ultimately, children learn to expand their definition of gifts from material things to love, people, nature, and experiences.
Honey Bear’s storyline is a sweet addition to any bedtime routine, helping to build lasting memories of love, connection, and trust between families and children.
**Honey Bear will be available Monday, 9/9 at 10:00am PT.
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