Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Mission: Better-Mannered, Gracious Kids for Thanksgiving

From author of new parenting book, "When You Say Thank You, Mean It"

It’s every mother’s nightmare: their child opens a gift from a well-meaning relative, and instead of, “thank you so much, Aunt Susie!” – a sigh, eye roll, then a long and forced: “thaaank youuuu.”

This is exactly the type of situation that jolted author and proud mother of two, Mary O’Donohue (, to the sudden realization: sure, she had trained her children to act grateful – to say “thank you” when required – but the meaning behind the “thank you” was missing. This and other values, like self-respect, integrity and compassion are all qualities we hope to successfully pass on to our children as they get older. But how do we know we’re teaching them in a way that’s actually getting through?

In When You Say Thank You, Mean It...And 11 Other Lessons for Instilling Lifelong Values in Your Children, you'll learn how O'Donohue tackled this question head-on, developing a practical program that allows parents to impart timeless values in their children over the course of one year, focusing on one key value each month.

Now, more than ever, it seems that the world is in need of a rulebook to assist parents in raising happy, responsible and well adjusted children. According to a recent poll by Rasmussen Research, more than 8 out of 10 respondents said children today display worse manners than when they themselves were kids; the National Association of Elementary School Principles also reports that a lack of good manners among children is a growing problem in the classroom and on the playground.

Enter “When You Say Thank You, Mean It,” in which O’Donohue has devised an effective and creative way to engage the whole family through weekly exercises, thought-provoking Questions of the Day, challenging role-playing games, and other fun and family-friendly activities, including:

* Keeping a Gratitude Board

* Creating Respect Tiles

* Making a ‘Compassion in Action’ Calendar

* Hosting an ‘Earning for Learning’ Gameshow

* Starting a Life Map

Equipped with the concepts from this book, your readers will be inspired to start their families on a journey towards lifelong values – and learning – together.