Everyday our children are bombarded with the next “must have” item. Whether it is a commercial played for the dozenth time during their favourite TV show or a friend at school who just got it for their birthday, the Gimme bug enters our children. I think it is human nature to want the best of everything in the world and as children, they don’t have the fully psychological understanding of what is needed verses what is wanted. Our job as parents is to teach our children to value the important things in life and patiently wait for the right time to get it (Obviously easier said then done!).
About Must-Have Marvin!
The second title in the Shine Bright Kids series, Must-Have Marvin! teaches children that people are more important than things.Marvin loves new things—he especially loves finding the latest, greatest, most awesome new things! Soon Marvin finds himself focusing on a new robot that he wants, to the exclusion of his friends. He lets them down when they need his help and nearly loses their friendship.Through a chat with a wise neighbor and a second chance to help, Marvin learns the important life lesson that people are more important than things.
Must have Marvin is lovable book about a boy who is truly torn between his wants and his needs. He struggles with this to the point that he ends up letting his friends down. I loved reading this book to my children. At each page, we would stop and analyze the star in the book. If Marvin made a good decision, the star would be happy and full of life. If Marvin made a bad decision, the star would be sad and wilted. It was very interesting hearing the different answers, as to why the star was depicted that way, between my two boys (ages 6 & 8). The younger one understood that Marvin was letting down his friends, but didn’t understand why. My older son understood why the star was sad and what behaviors lead to this sadness. A couple days after we read this books, I over heard a conversation between my two children. The oldest, who normally gets his way thanks to his giving brother, stopped in the middle of an argument and said that he wouldn’t be happy if his brother was sad. He said it was more important to be best buddies with his brother then to gain the toy they were fighting over. It was a huge step in their relationship as the oldest usually holds his ground. I was so proud to see him apply the knowledge, learned from this book, in a real life situation and I recommend to all families with small children.
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Ends April 8, 2014