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.