“Grandpa Ben and The Hungry Little Monsters Who Visit Our Brain” by Ben Hirshberg
As a teacher, I have seen social skills only being directly taught in the school counseling office. Most kids don’t visit counseling office, ever. Yet, most kids need to be taught social skills. As a parent, I talk to my kids about being kind and positive on daily basis. These most important life habits need to be reinforced until they become internalized and automatic.
In “Grandpa Ben and The Hungry Little Monsters Who Visit Our Brain”, Grandpa Ben describes the little monsters who visit our brain in terms that children understand. The little monsters are negative thoughts and ideas that multiply and cause damage if we let them stay too long. Re-living fights and arguments kids got into is something all kids can relate to.
In a child friendly manner, Ben Hirshberg’s book is teaching kids how to identify “monsters” and how to get rid of them. Being mindful of positive thoughts allows for happier days, willingness to have new experiences and learn new things.
Great read. Every family and classroom should have a copy.
Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.