Thursday, January 26, 2017

I Think I Can

Our two year old, Liam, loves books. He loves to pick a book and climb into our laps so we can read it to him. This morning while his older brothers were in school he picked the book, 'The Little Engine That Could' by Watty Piper and had me read it to him.

This is a fairly popular children's book. If you haven't read or heard of it then here is a quick snippet of what it is about. The book is about a train carrying toys/treats for kids and the train stops working. The train needs to get over a mountain to deliver the toys/treats to kids. The toys on the train ask several trains that chug by if they can help out, but they get turned down. Finally a little train that has never been over the mountain says she can help out. The train is a little doubtful that she can do it, but she thinks the positive thought of, 'I think I can, I think I can, I think I can'. Of course she makes it over the mountain and everyone is happy.

What I love about this simple children's book is it teaches kids that they can do anything they set their mind to. It teaches them courage and faith to overcome the impossible. It teaches kids to be positive in their thinking, rather than negative. It teaches kids to stop and help someone in need. Most importantly, it teaches kids to never give up. Giving up is easy, but we need to make sure as adults we don't give up and set an example for kids keep going.

Children these days need to be reminded that they just need to have faith that they can do anything. Our boys are also learning to have faith in God who can also help them overcome what may seem impossible. I pray and hope they never give up and that they will always have faith.

I know The Little Engine That Could just a children's book, but it holds a lot of lessons. I love that there are positive children's books to uplift kids. Whenever I read books to our boys, I always try to find the deeper lessons that will not only help my kids, but even me.

31 comments:

  1. Love this! I don't have kids but I do have little nieces and nephews and I always try to encourage them!

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  2. "Do no throw away your confidence which has a great reward" - I like this. :) great post!

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  3. Never heard of it but good sentiment to inspire your kids for a better future x

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  4. Ah I loved this book when I was little! Such an important lesson ♥

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  5. It is all in mindset. I have always loved this book and the lesson it teaches.

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  6. I have the Jesus Calling book for kids and it's pretty great.

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  7. I remember the book as a child and had a copy that my kids enjoyed reading ~ many great lessons it taught them.

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  8. I'm in love with all the bible verses that you added to this post

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  9. Aww The Little Engine! That is SUCH a classic book.

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  10. I haven't heard of this book, but it sounds brilliant - what a great lesson to teach. Kaz x

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  11. I remember reading my nephew that book! I absolutely loved reading as a kid, so much so that I read the Harry Potter books :D

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  12. Classic book and I love how you brought it back to Jesus!!!

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  13. It's wonderful that you found a way to integrate your faith with the book. Great post.

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  14. My kids really liked this book too! I try to remind them to never give up as well.

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  15. This book gives off such an important message! I love how empowering and positive it is. Children do constantly need to be reminded that they can do great things, and this does it in such a gentle way!

    Jasmine / www.jasminekeclipse.com

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  16. Such a classic story. A book that all kids should be familiar with and had it read to them (multiple times). We need more encouraging books. More books to assure kids it's ok to be anything they want. More books stirring up that creativity and imagination.

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  17. I admire that you read it to him. That alone is beautiful. Great post.

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  18. I do love books like this that teach a positive lesson to little ones and make sure that I highlight the lessons when reading them out.

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  19. This is oneof our sons favorites. We must have read it a 1000 times. Reading with your kids is such a wonderful way to bond too

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  20. I love all of these quotes! These are awesome. The scriptures are displayed so beautifully.

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  21. Childrens books are also cool for adults. Their lessons are always relatable for all walks of life, for all agesm

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  22. We're not religious but I totally agree with that message of never giving up, and of trying your hardest to achieve your dreams. x

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  23. This is so important. Contrary to popular believe the current generation has a major problem with low self-esteem. So, I think it is really key to teach our kids to be strong and confident.

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  24. once we believe we can do things , the bigger picture becomes even smaller. thanks for this wonderful peace.

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  25. I completely agree and I love that message! We need to believe in ourselves, and I think that is an important message every child should learn. Keeping self-esteem high can be difficult when you are out in the world, but as long as you have hope you can do it!

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  26. The Little Engine is a fantastic book, such a classic. I still have a copy from when I was a child ;)

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  27. This book is such a classic and I remember it helped me a lot when I was a kid. It has such a great message!

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  28. The graphics in this post are really pretty.

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