being a good friend {lessons from pooh and a giveaway too!}


The boys and I were recently sent a copy of the animated classic The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh dvd and I love it for so many reasons!!  Above all, it's good wholesome television in a world where that is pretty hard to come by.  I don't have to worry about questionable content or viewing it first (which we often have to do--do movie ratings mean anything these days?!), I know it's going to be kid-friendly and up to our family standards of television, not to mention age appropriate (like really).

Additionally, it follows a theme very dear to the hearts of those in this household: friendship and it's importance in our lives.   Other than honey, what else is Pooh about really?  Friendship, the very center of life as a family and childhood, right? 

Other than obedience and respect, friendship is the highest topic of conversation and instruction in this home of ours.  During the school year one of the very last things I say to the boys as they head off to school is, "Be a good friend!"  We talk daily about how our behaviors affect our friends and how we can improve them.   We discuss often how and why we want to be a good friend, to all we come across.  We also do our best to demonstrate that to them in every way we can (sometimes easier said than done, yes?).

The best thing about Winnie the Pooh is that it corresponds with what we talk about with no effort.  Each "episode" demonstrates teamwork, respect, honoring one another and even a little conflict resolution for good measure.  Even more practically it shares how to be a good friend, what that looks like in real life, the consequences of not doing our best in friendship and on and on.  

It's a pleasure and a joy to watch something with my boys that backs me up as a parent and doesn't result in conversations about "what is that" or "why can't I say what they said in the movie", etc.  The continuance of a theme in something they are entertained by results more often in concreting ideas in their little minds.  I've seen my boys more than once do something and tell me "I saw that on such and such a show!"  They are learning when they watch, which is why we take great care in what they watch.  Isn't it nice to have a little trust in TV again?

Now you can share in the adventures of friendship with Pooh and your kids because it will be available for the first time on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital August 27th!!  To learn more about the re-release and to watch some clips from the film, you can visit their website or follow Winnie the Pooh on Facebook!

Now, to enter for a chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card and a Winnie The Pooh Blu-ray Combo Pack, share with us the importance of friendship, imagination and adventure in your child's life...

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111 comments:

Mami2jcn said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children because they get to develop social skills and enjoy the fun of being a kid.

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Mami2jcn said...

tweet:

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Elena said...

It's important for kids to have friends and have fun to be sociable and happy


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Elena said...

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Susan Jeffries said...

Our daughter is 12 and we are still seeking good, clean things for her to watch when we do watch tv (which is not often). We tend to stick to Disney and old reruns of 80s and 90s sitcoms. Today's tv is not really suitable for Christian kiddos:( Love Pooh and his pals! Susan

Lisa Brown said...

It is important to learn necessary skills for a happy and rewarding life.
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Lisa Brown said...

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One Frugal Girl said...

Every kid needs a buddy. Someone to learn and play with. When I think back on my own childhood most of my memories involve my best girl friends. I know my son will have similar memories as he grows with his friends.

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One Frugal Girl said...

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Lisa Brown said...

It is important to learn necessary skills for a happy and rewarding life.
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bayctygrl said...

friendship, imagination and adventure are important because you need to escape and explore in your mind it helps you grow and be creative and it makes life that more interesting and everything is better with a friend

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Kia89 said...

It’s important for kids because it helps to develop their social skills.
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Mercury said...

https://twitter.com/warn81/status/363823436184825856

great for social skills

kellyr78 said...

It important because my children learn so much by playing together and with other kids, as well as by using their imaginations. This prepares them to be productive and happy adults.
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susan1215 said...

Imagination is important for creativity and growing through adventures, which plays into their imagination.
Friendships and building relationships is a necessary skill for all ages

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kellyr78 said...

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susan1215 said...

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sohamolina said...


They are all character building traits and therefore very important.

Dee said...

Friendship is important to have support in life and people to share the happy moments with and building relationships is important for careers. As for imagination? What would a grand adventure be without one? All are very important tools for a child to grow and prosper! :)

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Dee said...

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Megan Bruch said...

Very sweet. As my boy gets older (almost 5), I see how friendship is more and more important to him. I not only want him to choose good friends, but to BE a good friend - someone who will care about others and help lift them up.

Jessica said...

I think imagination is huge in the develop of children. I feel they can be more out side of the box thinkers.

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Jessica said...

I tweeted too
https://twitter.com/jessrwarfield/status/364046192734257152

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Kim Hardy said...

There is nothing more important than friendships and bonds while growing up and as an adult
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Tamar said...

I think it prepares them for relationships and the real world.
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peg42 said...

I feel that the importance of friendship, imagination and adventure in my kids lifes help them to develope socially and emotionally.
Thanks so much.
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Denise S. said...

These things are all important in my children's live, because it gives them confidence, fun and helps them develop and learn about the world.
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Deb Anderson said...

Through friendship, children learn tolerance, compassion, and social interaction. Playing together inspires imagination, and that increases thinking power. So yes, it's all very important to a child's development.

Deb Anderson said...

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Allie G said...

Adventure brings new experiences and learning to children.

Shelley said...

Imagination is important for learning and creativity.

~Brandy~ said...

“How do you spell 'love'?" - Piglet
"You don't spell it...you feel it." - Pooh”

My favourite Pooh quote!

Brandy's Bustlings

Simona Walters said...

I'm going to have to agree, it's so hard trying to keep all the bad out. It almost seems impossible.

Janna Johnson said...

encouraging imagination builds problem solving skills for the future

Karen said...

Children are the creators of our future.....they must learn to dream and dream big so we can all have an amazing world to live in :)

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StephanieC said...

he is only 8 months; so far friendship means someone new to chew on! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

StephanieC said...

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David said...

friendships are important for children bc it develops relationships outside the family for a child

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intime said...

friendship and imagination are important to foster a creative mind
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jakiesmom said...

because the combination of the 3 of them help to form his personality. He is drawn to kids who play and imagine like himself which helps him develop strong relationships
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ms-texas said...

Imagination helps children become creative thinkers; friendship and adventure is an essential part of life

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ms-texas said...

Imagination helps children become creative thinkers; friendship and adventure is an essential part of life

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Rebecca Graham said...

These are necessary skills for a happy childhood.

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smilekisses said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure in your child's life is important because it molds them to become who they are and teaches them to love and acceptance.

Questionable Housekeeping said...

My two daughters are less than two years apart. They, of course, are each other's best friend. At 3 and 5 their imaginations have no bounds. I think I have seen them play every animal on the planet. From birds to kangaroos to dolphins to bears to rabbits to horses to anteaters. Their daily adventures together are full of danger, love, problems, and magical solutions. I love it!

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

Imagination is everything in my four year old's at the moment and he is also beginning to understand the meaning of friendship with our guidance. My two year old son is all about adventure and exploring everything in his little world!

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D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

Tweeted
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Anna Pry said...

my kids use their imaginations to come up with adventures to enjoy with their friends
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Kerry said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are so important in a child's life because they will use all of these things throughout their entire life!
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Wanda McHenry said...

The ability to use imagination to create an adventure with their friends molds a child into a confident and well social balanced individual.

Wanda McHenry said...

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Anna Pry said...

my kids use their imaginations to come up with adventures to enjoy with their friends

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Anna Pry said...

i tweeted https://twitter.com/pryfamily5/status/369932547544719360

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Kerry said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/370344249910239233
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Lisa Pecora said...

I do not have kids but friendship is very important. When I was a kid I was always with my friends, and I had a big imagination!

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Kim said...

I think imagination is incredibly important and do whatever I can to encourage imagination through playtime.
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Tara said...

friendship leads to imagination and adventure

Tony said...

Friendship, Imagination and Adventure will help a child grow and want more from life.

tina reynolds said...

Imagination is so important to encourage it helps a child grow and be creative. I really think it helps them believe they can do anything. My kids and I have tea partys, and such are favorite is pretending to be a vet.

tina reynolds said...

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LAMusing said...

I worked with children for 20 years and creativity & imagination build a confident adult who can succeed at anything they want. Friendship is the lodestone in our lives.
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LAMusing said...

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ms-texas said...

i tweeted here

https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/373642809036652544

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Jammie Morey said...

It's important because it allows my daughter to find who she is through creativity. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

Jammie Morey said...

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Erica Best said...

with the the way of the world with computer and friendships have changed but it will never take the place of person to person friends and alot of people and kids do not have that anymore .I make sure to take my nephew to the park so he is just have fun as a kid alot of kids never get this anymore.

Erica Best said...

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Aleksandra Nearing said...

I love that my daughter has stayed friends with her buddies from daycare throughout the year, even when they went on to different schools. They've maintained a wonderful bond.

kelley wood said...

my family and I are blessed to have another family with kids the same age and the adults are all close in age. Our kids get to see us all interact and bond. We go on a lot of vacations together and expose them to things together. I feel like they get the imagination and friendship all the time.

ky2here said...

Our middle daughter personifies friendship, imagination and adventure. She sees the good in almost everyone and is an artist.

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Gina said...

It will help enrich his life and make him a better person.

bbrittbrat1398 said...

I think they all build character and help the kids live healthy active social lives.
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itsrob said...

friendship builds social skills but also gives them someone to rely on besides family. together, they can expand their imaginations and also have some great adventures.

brendaelsner said...

Friendship, adventure, and imagination are all important aspects in a children's life. They grow emotionally and mentally and it let's them be who they are and discover themselves. It gives them skills they will need in their adult lives. I love sitting and just watching my kids use their imaginations!

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MCantu1019 said...

I think it helps them to be good people as they grow into adults.
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52a3cdfa-11c8-11e3-b0d1-000bcdcb5194 said...

Friendship is very improtant in any childs life, i try to get my son to build as many friendships early in life as possible to help teach him how to share and give him a sense of loyalty. Adventure and imagination are also soo so important to my young son, these charactoristics play big roles in anything a child does and wants to grow up to be, imagination allows him to pretend to be anything he wants and adventure lets him think of things he can do that help him imagine what he wants to be.

cassandra mccann said...

by reading out loud and spending time creating from nothing I can help my children open their mind star95011atyahoodotcom

Charity/CC said...

It builds character, creates a world of fun, and leads to a happy childhood.


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Charity/CC said...

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DistractedMommy said...

It is so important for kids to have an imagination. As my kids grow I see how their imagination grows too! I encourage their creativity and socializing with similar friends!

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Sky Kory said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for children because they help them become happy, healthy adults!!!!

kolpin said...

fostering friendship, imagination and adventure in a child will create an adult who is caring, giving, open-minded, and non-judgmental.

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kolpin said...

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Julie Goetz said...

I want my daughter to find happiness and with that she will need to make many friends. Her imagination is important so she can dream big.
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Mihaela Day said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children because they get to develop social skills

Bonnie Caselman said...

The importance of friendship, imagination and adventure in my child's life is the chance to use & enjoy them before she's all "growed" up & doesn't have time for the imagination & adventure.

Bonnie Caselman said...

The importance of friendship, imagination and adventure in my child's life is the chance to use & enjoy them before she's all "growed" up & doesn't have time for the imagination & adventure.

vegan4life said...

life would be dull without imagination.
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Emmy Coffee said...

I find that E. behaves and listens better after he’s had some socialization with kids his age. He’s an only child so that isn’t as frequent as for other kiddos, so we try to get as much peer interaction as possible for the little guy.

Emmy Coffee said...

*tweet, tweet*
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vegan4life said...

without imagination life would be dull Vivian
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kathy pease said...

https://twitter.com/klp1965/status/374873807262978049

Karen Drake said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are so vital to children growing into productive, well adjusted and happy adults.

Susan Smoaks said...

I truly believe that friendship, imagination and adventure are of the utmost importance in our child's life. They help with growth and maturity and help keep life fun and exciting.
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Crystal M said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are the basis for a happy, healthy childhood. Watching my boys dream up adventures not only lets me know that they are improving their creative and social skills- but enjoying their childhood years (and that means everything- those years go by way too fast)

angie lilly said...

All three of these feed the child's ego in good, healthy ways and prepare them for life as an adult in a myriad of ways by giving them a social network, creativity, and life experiences.
Angie
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angie lilly said...

I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/374942254676205568
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Betty C said...

Friendships, imagination and adventure are the description of a great childhood and the foundations for the future.

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Betty C said...

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MANDY83 said...


Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children to be well rounded.

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MANDY83 said...

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saturdaynightfever said...

The little one already has quite the vivid imagination.

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bettycd said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure makes me think of an ideal environment for children to grow up in. appropriately, friendship comes first
It also makes me think of all the books that we read the kids.
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slehan said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are all important for kids (and adults, too) We take a daily hike around the lake and see what adventures we can have.
Thanks for the contest.

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slehan said...

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Ashley Morrissey said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are the three best things when you're a child. Friendship for when you're feeling lonely. Imagination for when you're feeling bored. Adventure for when you're feeling a little..well, adventurous! ;)

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Thomas Murphy said...

Its very important that my kids have fun with there imagination and go on fun adventures with there good friends.

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Vanessa said...

It helps them become creative and kind adults.
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