Nurturing our true selves, acknowledging when our ego is in control, and accepting God’s love enables us to be lovingly caring of others. This is a challenge for adults to master in a material world—but even harder for children.
In My Loving Self and Me, author C. Beth Hoffman offers a collection of stories and poems that helps children understand this concept, and it gives them a jump start on their own spiritual path. The stories feature a brother and sister, Ike and Gabby, and their cousins as they encounter a variety of life experiences, such as dealing with hurt feelings, bullying, and fear. They better understand the ideas of gratitude, integrity, respect for nature, and more by finding answers through their loving connection with God.
The stories presented in My Loving Self and Me demonstrate through Ike and Gabby’s open conversations with their parents, grandparents and each other, how important communication is. Reading this book with your children, listening to what they have to say, and discussing these and other topics that may arise, provides a forum for the open communication that is so valuable between parent and child.