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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