My wife and I think a lot about the things we want to teach our children. We want to ensure they grow to be strong, capable, emotionally stable adults who are able to excel and thrive in their chosen professions. We want to provide them with the tools they need to deal with temptation and personal challenges. We want to create an environment where they are free to explore, learn, and grow.
That is why I decided to publish a new children’s book series based upon the principles that my wonderful wife and I have discussed are most important to teach young children. Foundations for the Future will be geared toward children ages 3-8. The logo on the bottom of each book is a mountain range with the superimposed words “Foundations for the Future.” The mountain range represents the mountains our children will have to climb, and the rock upon which they should build their foundation.
This is the line-up so far; more books may be added in the future. Click on the pictures below to go to the Amazon page where you can purchase the books to read with your little ones! Or click here to go to Amazon’s series page with all of the books in the series in one place!
Caleb the Cat Learns about Consequences
“Consequence” is a big word for Caleb. Caleb learns that “consequences” are what happen after you make a choice. He wants to do many things right now, but he learns that stopping and thinking first will lead to better choices, and good choices lead to good consequences!
Reilly the Rhinoceros Learns about Respect
Showing respect is very important. Reilly is learning that respect is when you choose actions and words that show that you care how other people feel. It means picking up your toys, listening quietly, using your indoor voice, and using polite words.
Madeline the Monkey Learns about Money
Madeline wants a toy, but she doesn’t have money to buy it. In this short tale, Madeline learns how to earn money. She also learns that it is important to save and be careful about how you spend money. Madeline learns that money belongs to the person who earned it.
Sidney and Sammi the Seals Learn About Self Control
When Sammi doesn’t get her way, she feels disappointed. When Sidney’s tool doesn’t work the way he wants it to, he feels frustrated. These two little seals are learning that there is nothing wrong with the way they feel, but they can control what they do next. In this latest addition to the Foundations series, children learn that self control when you make good choices even when you feel like doing something else.
Wilson the Wolf Learns About Work Ethic
Wilson is a part of a hard-working pack of wolves. He and his siblings Wendy, Whitney, and Walker, as well as Mom and Dad and even Grandma and Grandpa, all have jobs to do. Wilson is learning that work ethic is when you try your best to do a good job no matter what the job is! This Foundations for the Future book introduces children to the idea of gaining more responsibility as they age, and having good work ethic at every stage of life!