My special little “Reider” brought a book home from school a while ago and I’ve been referring to it and teaching from it since. It is Max Lucados’ book entitled “You Are Special”. It is about little wooden people that stick dots or stars on each other as they see fit. It bothers one sad little Wemmick named Punchinello who has been labelled with many grey dots (bad marks). I had lots of extra fondant and a small cake so I put the boys to work in creating an edible yummy life lesson. Not to mention the reward of great quality family time on a Saturday afternoon.
I love to find books that help illustrate important life lessons like this one. I have three wonderful boys who I pray will always know they were made special by God and that he has a plan for each of them. So now I say ” are you giving your brother a dot or a star?” and then to the other “Did it stick, is it true?” They love it and it disperses many fights. I’m so blessed they are as open to learning these lessons as they are to digging into a piece of cake.