|Annabella coloring Gerbil Jill.|
|Avery coloring Chuck and Duck.|
As we reviewed the cards together as a family in preparation for this review, I may have gotten the biggest lesson. Be prepared, parents! Instilling character in your wee ones is the most effective way to examine your own character, usually with a microscopic view. Our first card was I am Patient. Well, let me tell you, I am not nearly as patient as I thought I was. What a good first card for us! I needed that eye opener right from the get go. It was good for the kids to see that even mom needs to work on her virtues. We may be the leaders of our family as parents, but we are far from perfect. It is good for our children to know that we are all a work in progress.
Another way the Parenting Cards helped me personally is in the teachable moments portion. This is the biggest section on the card. It provides you with suggestions as to how to reinforce the virtue throughout the day or week, or your chosen time period. This is highly beneficial for me, as I struggle with remembering to provide positive reinforcement to my children. I have already been working on myself in this area for a while, and having the reminders is helpful. I see my children shine the brightest when they are complemented on their actions. It is so much more helpful to receive positive feedback on our accomplishments than to only hear where we are going wrong. Balance is key, and this tool helps me keep it.