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Honey Bear: An Introduction to Gratitude


Family reading Honey Bear to their two twin boys

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.  

 

Honey Bear Snuggler with Book

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741 comments


  • Bethany Carnes

    My sweet son is only a year old so he’s too young to understand but I am always giving back to the community with food and clothes or items I no longer need. I hope our son watches me as he’s older and understands the being of giving and to be appreciative of the life we have and thankfulness and gratitude for all we have been blessed with. I hope he will want to give to others just as much as I do. I am excited for when he is older when we can go thru his stuff together and have me help pick out stuff he no longer wants to give to other kids that are in need. ❤️❤️❤️


  • Brittany Humbke

    One night my son was really worked up about something and was having a hard time falling asleep. I stood beside his bed (he’s on the top bunk) and we had a long conversation about what was bothering him and I helped calm his anxieties. I told him that every night he should go to bed happy and end the day on a positive note. From then on, every night before he falls asleep he tells me something good about his day and something he is grateful for. I honestly can’t believe what a difference it has made. He goes to bed in a good mood and doesn’t get out of bed 100 times like he did before. He never lets me forget to do “the grateful thing” every night.
    @bhumbke


  • Cindy Garcia

    After my last child turned 18 and we found out we were going to have another baby, I have been even more thankful for such a blessing. People take everything for granted and it’s taken me a very long time to learn to slow down and be grateful for all the little things in life.
    @Cindygarcia127


  • Pat F

    Gratitude is taught in our house and with our children and grandsons. Never take anything for granted and always be thankful for what you have or were given.always remember to show your appreciation… when we are all on the same page things go so much more smoothly… sometimes we don’t understand why things happen but the do… always be grateful for what you have and not what you think you deserve 💙


  • RyAnn Ballard

    I seriously can’t tell you guys how much I love this!!! My husband and I have been working hard in our own life’s and marriage together to make gratitude the focus. For some reason I didn’t even think to put the effort towards making our daughters life that focus too, but it makes so much sense! You learn best at a young age and it’s so important to have a positive grateful mindset towards others and life in general! Thank you! And good work!


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