This is a partnered post. All opinions are my own.
When Author Gene Del Vecchio learned of a recent study that revealed 70% of the public felt it was more difficult to be a mother in today’s society, he used that information to inspire his latest book. BetterNot! And the Tale of Bratsville – Teaching Morals and Manners is a teaching tool for parents who want to talk to their children about good behavior.
The study’s findings couldn’t ring more true to my ears. I grew up in the 80’s and have seen quite the transformation over the last 30 years. As parents it is our responsibility to teach our children right from wrong and help them develop into the good citizens they will be one day. Lessons begin at home, but how do you get started? There’s certainly no parent manual given at the hospital. We have to use our best judgement and instincts to instill morals and manners in our children.
I recently purchased a few manner’s books from amazon because I recognized the importance of teaching my young sons, who are 4 and 7. One of those books we are enjoying is BetterNot! And the Tale of Bratsville, which offers playful illustrations and rhyming paragraphs that are easy to articulate to young children. The book begins in a town called Bratsville that’s filled with stressed out parents who are unable to curb their children’s bad behaviors like throwing fits, hitting and name calling, to name a few.
As the children continue to ignore their parents and respected adults in the town, a swampy creature named BetterNot hears their cries. He takes it upon himself to teach the children valuable lessons on what can happen if they misbehave. Soon the town’s children begin to change, allowing the name to be changed from Bratsville to Angelsville.
The approach in the book is a lot like my parenting style. When the boys misbehave they are warned that if they don’t change their behavior consequences will occur. Most times that’s the loss of something they favor, like the iPad or a toy.
When I asked my boys what they thought of the book, my older son enjoyed it and found the lessons important, however my 4 year old did not. It’s completely what I expected. My 4 year old happens to be quite stubborn, and the child we are focusing lessons on the most, while my 7 year old has been relatively easy to parent. They are definitely worlds apart when it comes to behavior, but nevertheless just as precious!
BetterNot! And the Tale of Bratsville made Amazon’s “Hot Books” list and has received recommendations from two prominent literary publications already! If you are a parent, grandparent or teacher with preschool to elementary aged children, I think this is a great book to introduce to them. Head to amazon.com to order your copy today!