Compassion is Love in Action
Taking a Stand Against Selfishness
In Chapter three of Emily’s Little Life, we learn that Emily is going to spend her Happy Saturday with her friends Miley, Katie, and Sara.
The girls will experience some trouble in this chapter. One of them will try to take over and be the boss. Emily takes a stand against selfishness. One of the girls get mad and stomps home.
It is Emily’s favorite day and she doesn’t want anything or anyone to spoil it. What will she say to help her friends turn away from bad feelings and back to play? Will Selfishness Spoil Little Emily’s Day?
Now that Emily’s chores were done, and mama approved, she ran out the door feeling like a bird set free from its cage. She was hit by the brightness of the sun. Wow, it’s really bright out here! Emily squinted and stood still while her eyes adjusted.
The sky was filled with fluffy, white clouds. As Emily studied the clouds, one of them caught her attention. That one looks like an elephant. Standing in the rays, Emily closed her eyes and bent her head back to feel the warmth on her face. I love it! It is a perfect day for play.
Emily’s friend Miley lived across the street. Miley was Emily’s age but she didn’t go to school with Emily. Miley went to a private school.
Miley was taller than Emily and she wore glasses. Emily thought the glasses made her look smart. She had short, dark brown hair that poofed out in the back. Miley said her hairstyle was called a Bob. Emily thought it was a weird name considering Miley was a girl.
Emily liked to play with Miley but sometimes she didn’t. Every time Emily and her friends played with Miley she tried to take over and tell everyone what to do. Emily liked to be the boss too but Papa told her that she could not always be in charge. He explained that when you only think about what you want, it is selfish. Emily figured no one taught Miley about selfishness.
Emily shared her little life with Miley from time to time and today was one of those times.
Muffin Puts On a Show
As Emily walked toward Miley’s house she heard Muffin barking wildly. It didn’t take much to get Muffin going, especially when someone came to Miley’s door.
When Muffin’s fur wasn’t combed she looked like the mop Mama used to wash the kitchen floor. It was hard to see Muffins eyes, her unruly fur covered them. In spite of the fact that her eyes were covered, she romped through the house as fast as her little legs could go. Muffin put on a show for Emily. Muffin never failed to send Emily into fits of laughter.
Emily prepared to greet Muffin. She knocked on Miley’s front door. When Miley opened the door Muffin jumped on Emily as if to say, Finally, you came to play with me!” Muffin barked and danced while jumping on Emily over and over again. Her tail was wagging like it was on fire. Emily laughed and bent down to hug her neck. In return, Emily received slobbery kisses.
Emily backed away from Muffin. But Muffin continued her show by spinning around in circles on her back legs. Miley and Emily laughed as they watched Muffin show-off. As Emily was caught up in Muffin’s escapade, Miley glanced over at Emily and smiled affectionately. I’m so happy Emily came to my house, Emily is the kindest girl I know and she’s fun to play with too.
When Muffin tore through the house on another mission Emily asked, “Hey, Miley do you want to come out and play with me?” “Sure, I’ll go ask my mom and grab a jacket.” As Miley took off toward the kitchen Emily hollered, “You won’t need a jacket, the sun is out and it is getting hot!”
Miley asked her Mom she if she could play with Emily. Her Mom, “Sure, Miley, but stay in either our yard or Emily’s okay?” “Okay Mom, we’ll be at Emily’s,” and off she ran to grab Emily’s hand and head out for an adventure.
As the two girls crossed the street Miley was chattering away “How about we play house? I’ll be the Mom and you can be my little girl.” Miley smiled happily as she looked at Emily. But Emily had that familiar glazed-over look in her eyes. The stare meant Emily was in her own little world thinking her own little thoughts. Miley felt her cheeks get hot. She knew Emily did not hear a word she said.
“Emily!” Miley scolded, “I’m talking to you!” Emily responded, “Miley have you noticed that everywhere I go the sun follows me?” Miley wrinkled up her face in confusion, “What do you mean?” she chided. “Look,” explained Emily as she pointed to the sun, “When I walk this way, the sun follows me and when I turn, the sun turns with me.”
The More The Merrier
Just when Miley was about to tell Emily that the Sun most certainly does not follow her, the Anderson sisters, Katie, and Sara came running up to them. “Hi guys,” Sara called out, “Can we play with you today?”
Before Miley could answer, Emily addressed the girls, “Yes, of course, you can play with us, the more the merrier.”
Emily thought the sisters were so cute. Sara was 6 years old. Her baby-fine blonde hair fell softly and framed her angelic face. Her big blue eyes, the color of the sky, were serious as they studied you. When she was afraid or excited she had the habit of twisting her hands over and over. Though Sara was shy Emily had a way of getting her to talk and forget about being afraid.
Her sister Katie was 8 years old. Katie’s hair was straight and very long. The color of her hair was chestnut brown. Emily found it interesting to watch Katie’s green eyes because they held curiosity and were an unusual shade, like the color of an emerald. Emily thought of Katie as Sara’s other Mother because she kept Sara close, making sure people were nice to her.
Katie and Sara’s mom taught them from home. Emily liked how polite and considerate both girls were. The girls were a lot like their Mom who reminded Emily of her own dear Mama.
Who is the Boss?
After Emily welcomed the Anderson girls to join them, they all ran to Emily’s playhouse. Their hair, flying in the wind and happy smiles covering each face made quite the picture. But, as Katie approached the playhouse Miley yelled, “Hey, wait a minute, take your shoes off before going in the house!” Katie stopped and sighed deeply before taking her shoes off. Sara looked at Emily as if to say, Who’s the Boss?
Once all the girls were inside Miley told them her plan. “Okay, girls! We are going to play house today. I am the Mom and all of you,” She said while pointing to each one, “will be my daughters.”
Emily studied Katie and Sara, who were looking at each other as if to say, “Here we go again.” Emily decided someone had to stand up to Miley. She turned to face Miley and said, “Miley you can’t always be the boss.” She took a deep breath and continued, “There are four of us, we can take turns being the boss or maybe we can talk about what we ALL want to do.”
Miley’s face turned red and her eyes darkened. She glared at Emily, “Well!” said Miley with a huff, “If you don’t want to play house and be the daughters then I am going home!” The sisters never said a word. They looked at Emily to see what she would say. Emily shrugged her shoulders and said, “Okay Miley, if you want to go home, it’s your choice.” When Miley realized that they were not going to let her be the boss she turned around and stomped out of the playhouse hollering out, “FINE, I know when I’m not wanted!”
Short Story on Forgiveness for Children
This chapter is a short story on forgiveness for children. If you are a parent trying to teach the principles of forgiveness to your child; Know that teaching with stories for kids helps your child absorb concepts. May God use this story to speak to the heart of your child.
Selfishness Spoils a Kids Day
After Miley stomped home, Emily had to figure out what to do about her friend’s temper tantrum. She did not like it when Miley tried to control everyone and everything to get her own way. Selfishness only spoiled a kids day and made everybody feel bad.
As Emily was thinking about what to do next she looked over at the girls and observed that Sara was twisting her hands and Katie was looking down, as if studying her shoes.
“I am so mad at Miley! All I want is to have fun with my friend’s, but Miley’s bossiness ruined it all!” Right in the middle of the anger, firing up in her heart, she remembered a talk she had with Mama. Emily knew she needed to calm down and do the right thing.
A Heart of Forgiveness
The talk Emmy was remembering, happened on a day she was very angry at a boy at
school. Mama told Emily it was important to have a heart of forgiveness.
“Mama, I am so angry at Cooper. He makes fun of everybody! He picked on Kathy today. He laughed at her and teased her. He said, ‘You look like a beaver with those teeth,’ Kathy was in tears. He got all the kids laughing at her.”
“Oh, poor Kathy,” Mama answered, “Mean words really hurt people.” Mama paused then said, “Could it be Cooper hurting is too.”
Emily looked puzzled. “No, Mama! Cooper is not hurting, he is the one hurting kids.” Emily insisted. “Why would you say Cooper is hurting?” Emily felt defensive for her friend, Kathy.
Mama looked at Emily with her serious, kind eyes, the way she always looks when she is about to say something important. “Emily, there is a saying I want you to remember. It’s a true saying, it goes like this … Hurt people … hurt people.” Mama was quiet as she looked deep into Emily’s eyes.
Emily wiggled uncomfortably and then responded,“Well, I don’t know about that Mama but I’d like to hurt Cooper!”
Mama shook her head slightly as she said, “So Emily, how long are you going to hang on to anger?” Emily pulled her lips tight against her teeth and then opened them to say, “I don’t know Mama, I’m really mad!” Mama put her hand on Emily’s shoulder as she said, “Do you know, honey, it is dangerous to hold on to anger? We must never allow anger to feel at home in our heart’s Emily.” Mama continued, “There is something else you need to know about anger. When we allow a person’s bad behavior to control how we feel we give that person power.”
“Mama, what do you mean by power, do you mean like superhero power?” asked Emily.
Mama laughed softly as her mouth turned into a smile. “No honey, the word power, in this case, means that you give someone else permission to control how you feel. Today you gave Cooper the power to make you feel angry, so angry, in fact, that you wanted to hurt him. Emily, no one can make you angry or ruin your day unless you give them the power to do that. It is your choice, honey.”
Mama gave Emily a lot to think about. “But Mama, what do I do when I AM angry” urged Emily.
Forgiveness is a Choice
“First of all, understand that you have a choice. You can choose to be angry or you can forgive.” Emily’s eyebrows came together as she considered this. “Honey, you can hold on to a hurt and let it grow inside of you or you can release the hurt to God.” Mama continued, “When we choose to hold on to angry feelings toward anyone … there are consequences.
What kind of consequences? asked Emily.
Consequences of Holding on to Anger
Well, when you let anger stay in your heart, that feeling will not stop there. When anger is held in your heart it grows into really bad feelings like bitterness, maybe even hatred. When you allow your feelings to take you to such bad places you are actually hurting yourself.”
Emily began to understand that she did have a choice about her own feelings.
Don’t Give your Power Away
Mama took a moment to form her next words. “Emmy, when you give your power away to someone else, by NOT forgiving, it’s kind of like putting yourself behind bars and becoming a prisoner. It is even worse than that. Not only do you put yourself behind bars (as a prisoner to anger, bitterness, and hatred) but you also hand the key right over to the person who was mean or unkind. You give them control. The key is yours, Emily,” Mama said, “Don’t give it to anyone.”
Emily knew what she must do about Miley. “I will forgive Miley and let the bad feelings go and I won’t feel guilty because Miley went home.”
Emily knew it was not her fault that Miley went home. She did not make Miley choose bad behavior. Emily was NOT going to be a prisoner on this beautiful sunny day.
Who is the Boss?
Before Emily talked to the girls she released her anger and sent up a quick prayer for Miley. Emily pictured herself holding hands with Miley. As she talked to God she put Miley’s hand in Jesus’s strong hand. “Dear God,” Emmy prayed, “Miley tried to ruin our day and she hurt our feelings too. I pray for Miley and I hope you will teach her how to share and be kind. I am choosing to forgive her now like mama taught me to forgive. I give Miley to you Jesus … and now I will be free from resentment and choose to be happy. Thank you, Jesus, Amen!
Emily turned toward the girls thinking, “We’ll just start over.” “Girls, What do you want to do?” she asked. Katie said that anything was fine with her but then she paused a second before she asked, “Emmy, Who is the Boss?” Emily smiled at Katie and said, “Let’s talk about what we ALL want to do and decide together okay?”
Katie smiled back as she shook her head happily; Turning her attention to Sara Emily asked, “And you ….?” Sara thought a moment and while twisting her hands she asked, “Well, I still would like to play house, can we take turns being the mom?” “I think that is a great Idea Sara!” answered Emily enthusiastically.
Turning back to Katie she continued, “Katie, how would you like to be the mom first?” Katie smiled brightly, shook her head yes as she jumped up, ran to her pretend daughters and hugged them. “Okay girls, let’s playhouse.”
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Emily began their play time by looking at Sara and asking, “Mama, can we make chocolate chip cookies?” “Why, of course, sweetheart,” answered Sara in her most grown-up voice, “What type of cookies would you like to make?”
Emily thought it was adorable when Sara pretended to be a grown up because, as hard as she tried to sound like a grown-up, she still had a squeaky little girl’s voice. “I’d like chocolate chip cookies, please” answered Emily politely.
The girls played for a long time. They went grocery shopping by the big Pine Trees. They named the place, Pine’s grocery store. The girls picked up pine cones as they pretended to gather ingredients. Katie (Mama) smiled at her girls, “You girls are such BIG helpers to Mama, I don’t know what I would do without you.” Emily and Sara beamed back at Katie, they were so happy to hear her kind words.
When they got back to the playhouse the girls pretended to make the cookie dough. Sara and Emily were making a mess with the pretend flour. Some of it fell on the floor. Katie, in her serious grown-up voice, said, “Girls, girls, pay attention – look at the floor!” Both girls stopped and looked down at the imaginary flour covering the floor. Katie (Mama) told Emily to get the broom and she told Sara to grab the dustpan. She instructed Emily to sweep slowly so the flour dust didn’t fly all over the place. The girls worked together quickly and carefully. When it was all cleaned up they joined Katie to put the cookie dough on the pans.
The girl’s pretended to plop a scoop of dough, one at a time, on the cookie sheet. Next, they put the cookies in Emily’s play oven. After about five minutes the girls looked excited as they pretended to smell the cookies baking. “Oh, I can hardly wait to eat my cookie! Sara exclaimed as she jumped up and down. A few seconds later, Katie (mama) told Sara she could take the cookies out of the oven.
Sara put imaginary hot pad gloves on. Next, she opened the oven door and pulled out a tray of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Sitting them on the counter she grabbed a pretend spatula and pretend plates. She expertly served up 2 pretend chocolate chip cookies on the girl’s pretend plate. As the girls lifted their imaginary cookie to their mouths they made sounds like, “mm” and “ooh,” to express how delicious the cookies tasted. Suddenly Emily realized she was hungry.
Just then Emily’s sister Molly called for Emily. “It’s time for lunch Emmy!” Emily told the girls she had to go but they could to stay and play, if they wanted. The girls told Emily they were hungry too. Sara said, “We’ll go home and eat lunch too Emmy but we will be back as soon as we eat.” “Great!” replied Emily, “See you after lunch.”
Emily Offers Forgiveness
As Emily and Molly were walking to the house they saw Miley slowly making her way toward them. “Emily,” Miley, began with a sadness in her voice. Emmy noticed her head hanging down, “I’m sorry I was being bossy again, can we start over?”
Emily smiled big, “Of course we can Miley!” Emily said with joyful conviction. “I have to eat first and then I can play. The Anderson sisters are coming back. It will be fun to have you play with us too.” Miley let out a big breath of air as a smile of relief traveled across her face, “Oh thank you, Emily, I know I need to work on my bad behavior. I am so thankful that you forgive me so quickly.” The girls hugged each other and then Miley turned and skipped all the way back to her house.
Emily was so happy that her Mama taught her, to be quick to forgive. Jesus said whenever we pray, we need to forgive. Emmy tried to remember to think before she prayed to make sure there was no unforgiveness in her heart. Mama called it examining your heart.
Before praying Emily would ask herself if she was mad at anyone or if anyone had hurt her feelings? If she found anger or hurt in her heart, she forgave. Even though Emily would sometimes feel very angry, Mama said, just obey Jesus and forgive no matter how you feel. Emily was learning to forgive with her words in a prayer to Jesus.
Mama told Emily, “If you obey, Jesus will heal your heart and turn your anger into compassion for the person who hurt you.” Emily knew one thing for sure; She always felt so much better after she forgave people.
This writing is for parents and caregivers. It is centered on Forgiveness, which is vital to living a life free of bitterness and burdens.
As Parents we are entrusted, by God, to raise up a godly generation. My heart’s desire is to light the fire of responsibility that belongs to you.
Your children are dependent upon you to teach them about life, morals, God’s word, and how to live life victoriously and abundantly.
God made each of us uniquely, like a snowflake, no two are alike. Each child must be raised according to his/her bent and it’s up to you, the parent, to learn your child’s bent and raise them accordingly.
God loves us and longs for us to draw near and know that He is God. Read the verses below and weave them into your everyday experiences teaching them to observe ALL things. Watch them thrive as the word of God shapes them into the kids God blesses and uses for His glory.
GOD IS FORGIVING
Psalm 86:4-5 “Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.”
Psalm 103:12 “As far as the East is from the West so far has HE removed your sin from you.”
How Far is the East from the West? When do they ever catch up with each other?
The Lord Abounds in Steadfast Love Psalm 103:8-11 “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him”
JESUS INSTRUCT US TO BE RECONCILED
Matthew 5:22-24 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (attitude: loving and forgiving just like God forgave you)
Be Forgiving as God has forgiven you. He gave His son who gave His life so that we could be forgiven.
Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. “Love one another even as God for Christ’s sake forgave you.”
BEFORE YOU PRAY – FORGIVE
Mark 11:25 “But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
“Forgive your enemy, do good to those who persecute you. ” Matthew 5:44
Famous Quotes on Forgiveness
“A forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note, torn in two and burned up so that it can never be shown, against the man. “ ~ Henry Ward Beecher
“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom
“Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” ~ Billy Graham
“You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.” ~ Lewis B. Smedes
“Forgiving and being forgiven are two names for the same thing. The important thing is that a discord has been resolved.” ~ C.S. Lewis
“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” ~ Alexander Pope
Motivational Short Stories
This is the fifth chapter in a series of motivational short stories for kids.
Little Joe liked being the youngest kid in the family, well most of the time he did. For one thing, he did not have to do as many chores as Emily and Molly. He didn’t have to go to school, or do homework and he got to play most of the day. Even though he was free to explore and have fun he was also learning to be, what Mama calls, responsible.
Little Joe was learning to make his bed, pick up his toys and brush his teeth after eating. He was learning to do the dishes and mama said he was getting good at becoming responsible.
His favorite friend to play with was Timmy. Timmy was little Joe’s neighbor. Little Joe was allowed to play with Timmy after his chores were done each day.
Even though Little Joe was allowed to play with Timmy, Mama said he must stay in his yard at all times. That is one of the things, about being the youngest kid, little Joe did not like. Molly and Emily could cross the street whenever they wanted, why couldn’t he?
One day when Timmy and Little Joe were playing ball, the ball rolled across the street. Little Joe knew that he could not leave the yard but he was tempted. It would only take a split second to grab the ball and bring it back to the yard. Before he knew it his little legs were running as fast as they could. He wanted to get the ball and bring it back before anyone saw him.
Just as he was about to run into the street he heard a loud SCREECH and as he looked left he saw a big white car swerve so close to him he thought he was going to be hit.
Uncle Joe came running from behind the garage and yelled, “Little Joe, are you okay?“ But Little Joe could not speak and he could not move.
Just then Mama came out the door. Her pretty face looked terrified. “Little Joe, get out of the street, Right Now!“ she ordered.
Little Joe backed up until he felt the safety of the curb. He stepped up on the curb as his legs went weak. Suddenly he was on the ground. Little Joe pulled his legs up close to his body, dropped his head to his knees and wrapped his hands around the back of his neck. Hot tears welled up in his eyes. His legs and his whole body started shaking. He was afraid to look up. Why didn’t I call for Uncle Joe to get the ball for me?
When Little Joe looked up the man from the white car was standing next to Uncle Joe. He looked a lot like his grandpa. Little Joe thought the man should be mad, but he wasn’t. He offered Little Joe his hand and guided him to the bench at the edge of the property. “Are you okay young man?” said the grandpa. Little Joe looked at his gentle blue eyes and answered, “I think so.” “Well, okay then son, I’ll be on my way, please be careful next time, okay buddy?” said the Grandpa as he patted him on the back.
After the man in the white car drove off, Uncle Joe looked at Little Joe and spoke softly, “Little Joe, are you really okay?”
Little Joe shook his head, yes but then he began to cry loudly. “I’m so sorry Uncle Joe.” Just then Mama came walking up to Little Joe. There was fear in Mama’s eyes. Little Joe whimpered, “I almost got killed, Mama !”
Uncle Joe bent down and rubbed Little Joe’s head. “Come on Wee Man, chin up, you’re safe now.” “Why do I always disobey the rules, Uncle Joe? I know the rules but I just don’t want to obey them.” cried Little Joe.
Hard to Follow Rules
Uncle Joe’s face got serious and that far away look washed over him. “Well, Wee Man, ever since the beginning of time people have had a problem with rules. Every person wants to do things their own way, nobody really wants to obey the rules. It’s only when we understand that God gave us rules to protect us, not hurt us, that we begin to see why we must obey the rules.”
Little Joe looked up at Mama as a tear slipped from his eye. “Mama, I’m sorry I disobeyed you. Sometimes I think rules are dumb but I know that you give me rules to protect me, just like God gives me rules to protect me. Will you forgive me, Mama?”
Mama’s face softened and the corners of her mouth turned up as her eyes twinkled. “Yes, Wee man, I do forgive you.” Mama wrapped her arms around Little Joe as she picked him up and twirled him around two times. Little Joe loved his Mama and he was so sorry he disobeyed and frightened her.
Little Joe was beginning to understand why Mama and Papa said the rules in the Summerfield family must be obeyed. If a rule is broken, there is always a consequence. “Mama, what is my consequence?” asked Little Joe.
Mama held Little Joe’s hand and looked directly into his eyes, “What do you think your consequence should be?” she asked
Little Joe hung his head and thought about it. “Well Mama, I think I should go to bed without supper and I should be grounded in the house for a whole month.”
Mama patted Little Joe’s head gently as she bent down beside him. “Wee man, I think you have punished yourself pretty hard all by yourself. I believe you learned an important lesson today. I’ve decided to give you grace.”
“What do you mean Mama? What does grace mean?” said Little Joe.
Looking up into the trees, Mama took a moment to think, as if she might find the right words falling like the leaves around her. “What I mean when I say Grace is that I will not give you a consequence this time, even though you deserve one.”
“Really Mama! No Consequence!” Little Joe said as he looked at his mama in amazement.
“Really Little Joe, no consequence at all!” answered Mama
Just then Timmy, who had been watching the whole thing, ran up to Little Joe and fell into his arms. He gave his friend a full bear hug and as he tucked his face into Little Joe’s shoulder he said, “You coulda got killed, Little Joe! You coulda got killed!! I am so glad you didn’t! You are so lucky!”
Mama laughed softly as she reached out to ruffle Timmy’s hair. “Timmy, I’d say Little Joe was protected, not lucky.” Timmy’s face turned red because Mama always made his face turn red.
Little Joe gave Timmy a friendly punch on the arm, grabbed the ball, and said, “Come on Buddy let’s play ball!”
Invest in a Child’s Life
Years ago I took a creative writing class in children’s literature. It made sense to take this class because I loved to write and understood the value of investing in a child’s life.
Emily’s Little Life is a kids story that builds character. Through Emily and the characters in the story, kids will be learning about the value of possessing character.
Teach Through Story
I have always been drawn to children and their unabashed love for life, their transparency, and teach-ability. It was a natural process for me to take my passion for writing and fit it to a child’s heart. My wish is to capture a child’s attention and teach through story. This website will be the place I will write kids stories that build character.
I dedicate this blog to kids and to any adult who takes the time to invest in their lives. The stories in Emily’s Little Life impart practical examples of character qualities like integrity, obedience, gratitude, compassion, responsibility, forgiveness and more. If I carry out the goal of reaching kids hearts and drawing them into the desire to live lives of character, it will be an incredibly worthwhile use of my abilities and time.
I believe that we, as those who influence, have been given a sacred responsibility to invest in children’s lives everywhere. Children are the future.
Children Are Teachable
Young children are impressionable and teachable. It is vital to instill these character qualities in a child’s life while they are young. My passion to communicate character qualities grew stronger after having children of my own.
A properly nurtured child protected the evils of this world, glow with innocence, wonder, and gratitude. This child is like a blank slate. Children learn from what they see, hear and experience through their sphere of influence.
A Children’s Series that Teaches Morals
You may wonder, what inspired this series, and how I got started. When my children were growing up I purchased a series of books with stories that taught character qualities such as integrity, honesty, gratitude, responsibility, and More. I have searched for this category of children’s books for years with no success. A vision birthed that day, one that became reality when it dawned on me that I could write a children’s series that teach morals.
Story Characters who Possess Morals.
The story’s name popped into my head as I was thinking of the best way to teach a child important truths about morality. It appealed to me to write a story that would capture a little girl’s thoughts and impressions of her World. I named the children’s series Emily’s Little Life.
As the story of Emily’s Little Life unfolds character qualities and lessons, learned in Emily’s world, are sprinkled throughout. The child reader will learn from story characters who display different character qualities. The characters in the story learn lessons about integrity, responsibility, honesty and the many attributes of goodness and godliness.
My goal is to convey these character qualities through the thoughts, feelings and inner workings of living life and learning lessons in Emily’s Little World.
Kids Say The Darndest Things
Kids say the darnedest things. Over the years, I have collected the unique sayings and words I have heard from the kids in my life. Most of the sayings have come from my grandchildren but I also have used the words of other children.
I saved these words because I wanted to save the memories. I now realize these words, thoughts, and winsome conversations are treasures. I have used them in my writings to convey a child’s perspective.
I have kid tested the first three chapters of Emily’s Little Life with my grandchildren who laughed, “awed” and smiled as they listened to me read. They recognized phrases, sayings, and situations which were clearly something they said or did. After reading the story to them, they asked when the next chapter would be finished. It was just what I had hoped I would hear; like music to Nana’s ears.
Your response to each story is encouraged. I would love to hear how your child responds to Emily’s Little Life.