Life Lessons from Betty White

Like so many, I love Betty White. She is just a class act.

One of my fondest memories is watching the Golden Girls with my grandmother and that remains one of my favorite T.V. shows to this day.

When I saw this book at the library recently, I snatched it up.

If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t) – Betty White

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In this story, Betty mixes her own observations with a little humor, sharing stories and lessons learned throughout her life.  We all can learn something from this funny, sweet, talented lady. This book was well worth the read. I was hooked from the first page, a foreword written by Betty, herself, in longhand. I ended up finishing it in one sitting. The following are my takeaways from the book, the lessons that really spoke to me through the pages.

 

“You can lie to anyone in the world and even get away with it, perhaps, but when you are alone and look into your own eyes in the mirror, you can’t sidestep the truth. Always be sure you can meet those eyes directly. Otherwise, it’s big trouble..”
-Page 7

 

There’s nothing like writing in longhand.
-from Writer’s Block

 

“Friendship takes time and energy, if it’s going to work… it doesn’t last if you don’t give it proper appreciation. Friendship can be comfortable, but nurture it-don’t take it for granted.”
-page 170

 

“You don’t luck into integrity. You work at it.”
-page 252

 

“Walk In to every situation with a positive, open mind. Allow yourself time to experience a situation before forming an opinion.”
-page 253

 

Appreciate what you are blessed to do, don’t abuse it.
-page 254

5 Books to Read with Your Kids This Week to Teach Gratitude and Kindness.

It Could Always Be Worse by: Margot Zemach

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Once upon a time a poor unfortunate man lived with his mother, his wife, and his six children in a one room hut. It was crowded, noisy, and everyone fought. When he could no longer stand it, the poor unfortunate man ran to the Rabbi for help. The Rabbi gives surprising advice and the man’s life quickly goes from bad to worse. This story provides, and teaches, a valuable lesson in a funny way.

 

An Awesome Book of Thanks! by: Dallas Clayton

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A book filled with ideas for which to thankful – From the people in our lives to being ourselves; bad things that turn out to be good; the bumps and bruises that teach us lessons; and everything else in the Universe.

 

If You Were at The First Thanksgiving by: Anne Kamma

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A different time. A different place. What if you were there? Learn all about the celebration that started our Thanksgiving holiday and what it was like to live in the New World in the 1620’s.

 

Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids. by: Carol McCloud

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This book encourages positive behavior by introducing the concept of an “invisible bucket.” Everyone has one and it takes very little effort to be kind and loving, showing and expressing appreciation and gratitude, to “fill up” others’ buckets. In turn, this helps “fill up” our own buckets.

 

Pete The Cat The First Thanksgiving by: Kimberly and James Dean

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Starring in the school Thanksgiving play would make even the coolest cat nervous. But when Pete the Cat gets onstage, he makes learning the story of the first Thanksgiving fun.
Pete The Cat books are wonderful because they always teach a lesson. In addition, if you visit the Harper Collins Children’s website, you can view the sing a long or read a long videos for each book.

If you are looking for a hands on project, check out my article How to Make a Gratitude Tree.

August Favorites | Children’s Books

I have always been an avid reader. When I was a kid, I wanted to do three things – go to school, go to the library, or read. I would spend my summers sitting outside, devouring new stories, losing myself in new worlds. It was my favorite thing to do. As an adult, I try my best to sit and read, but it isn’t always easy to find the time.

Since my son was born, I read to him. I started teaching him how to read from a very young age (although it didn’t really take until Kindergarten.) I always enjoyed sharing my favorite stories with him and discovering new ones. He is now eight, but I still love reading with him! The following is a list of our favorite children’s books this month!

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s Farm – Betty MacDonald

Hello, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle – Betty MacDonald

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle – Betty MacDonald and Anne MacDonald Canham

The Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series is one of the best for children ages 6 and up. (Younger if you want to read to them.) These books will make you both laugh out loud! Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is a character you wish you knew in real life. She lives in an upside down house, with her cat and dog. She loves children and always has a solution for any misbehavior. These are treasured stories that are not only humorous, but will also improve your child’s reading ability.

Lego Star Wars Visual Dictionary – Simon Beecroft and Jason Fry

This book is great for any Star Wars and/or Lego fan. It lists the ins and outs of every Lego Star Wars set ever made, including the new innovations, weapons, vehicles, and characters. It even comes with a mini-figure! (There is also a 14 page mini-figure gallery) The pictures and graphics are amazing and it includes a set index in the back. This has been my son’s favorite book!

The Missing Piece – Shel Silverstein

The Missing Piece Meets The Big O – Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein

Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? – Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein is by far one of the best authors of children’s books! His stories are simple, yet full of meaning. Even as an adult, you can find an idea or a lesson that is relatable. In my opinion, those are the best stories, the ones worth reading over and over again – the ones worth sharing. So it is with Shel Silverstein’s books.

 

Those are our eight favorites this month! What are you reading with your children this month? What is your favorite all-time children’s book? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

Happy reading!

-Alyssa