Choosing Kindness with Pottymouth and Stoopid & a Giveaway

This post is sponsored by JIMMY Patterson Books, all opinions are my own.

Little boys can be wild, rambunctious creatures inclined to temporarily lose all reason when in the midst of rivalry. As the mom of three boys, I’ve seen this take place on countless occasions. I’ve been mystified by their behavior and I’ve been appalled. But like any well-meaning mother I’ve attempted to redirect their actions and more importantly encourage them to think through what they say and/or do. 

Teaching children to choose kindness should be a primary aspect of parenthood. This philosophy is not about niceness. Being nice isn’t the same as being kind. Children do not gain emotional intelligence on a whim, instead through thoughtful benevolent focused conversations hopefully parents can inspire their children to imagine the world from someone else’s perspective. 

Equipping all children {not just boys} with the groundwork for positive relationships is tough work. Sometimes it can seem as though the world is full of bullies. Bullies exist on the playground in elementary school, but they exist even as adults. While we can not control the actions of others we can control our perspective on any situation. My nine-year-old son recently read a funny book that lightly addresses the issue of bullying, Pottymouth and Stoopid by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. 

About Pottymouth and Stoopid {The Best Book for Boys in Years!}

David and his best friend Michael were tagged with awful nicknames way back in preschool when everyone did silly things. Fast-forward to seventh grade: “Pottymouth” and “Stoopid” are still stuck with the names—and everyone in school, including the teachers and their principal, believe the labels are true. So how do they go about changing everyone’s minds? By turning their misery into megastardom on TV, of course! Follow their roller-coaster journey from the ultimate losers to the biggest winners, with more than 100 hilarious illustrations in this signature Patterson format. And this important story delivers more than just laughs—it shows that the worst bullying doesn’t have to be physical . . . and that things will get better.

Using humor to ultimately create a backdrop for an important potential understanding about bullying is a great method. My nine-year-old really enjoyed this book. While thankfully he has never really been bullied and would not be inclined to bully anyone himself I consider this book another layer in the ever evolving emotional education of my boys. 

One lucky Mama Report reader will win a Pottymouth and Stoopid prize pack!

Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing provided by JIMMY Patterson Books.

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Comments

  1. Bianca Munoz says:

    Treat others the way you would like to be treated. And to speak up if you see something is wrong. Thank you!

  2. mami2jcn says:

    To not let bullying get to them.

  3. Kelly D says:

    I try to let my kids know that a bully won’t succeed in life because they don’t know how to treat anyone right.

  4. I always tell my son if he sees someone being bullied, to stand up for that person!

  5. shelly peterson says:

    I always have taught my kids to be kind to everyone. To be proud of who you are and report any bullying.

  6. Our little saying is: We are always kind and polite to each other. Also important to remember, if someone is bullying you, leave and immediately go tell an adult.

  7. I say treat everyone as you want to be treated something I learned from my grandparents

  8. Marti Tabora says:

    Our golden rule was always to treat others the way you would like to be treated. I’m very lucky that my son always had a kind heart.

  9. Don’t bully anyone or let anyone bully you. If you don’t fight back, they will keep on bullying.

  10. susan smoaks says:

    I try to teach them that the bully is hurting and that is why they try to inflict pain on others.

  11. They are not alone…and encourage them to speak up about it.

  12. Janet W. says:

    I try to teach my grandsons to treat others how THEY want to be treated and to remember that everyone has feelings.

  13. Jessica To says:

    I try to teach my son to avoid bullies if possible but stand up for yourself.

  14. I teach my daughter to treat others how she would like to be treated. I’m lucky that she is a kind, empathetic child!

  15. Michelle says:

    I teach my boys to treat people how they want to be treated. Remember we are all human and everyone has some sort of struggle they are dealing with.

  16. Jillian Too says:

    We focus on treating others as you would want to be treated. Think about how you would feel so you can understand the feelings of others.

  17. DEBIJOT says:

    To immediately notify a parent if bullying is taking place.

  18. Ellie Wright says:

    I just tell my kids to stop and think before speaking. If what they are going to say would hurt them to hear, then don’t say it to someone else.

  19. Charlotte Serafini says:

    I tell my kids to treat others as they want to be treated.

  20. Soha Molina says:

    I teach them to report it.

  21. Audra O'Hara says:

    We talk a lot about considering the feelings of others, having empathy and compassion. And of course, treating others the way you would like others to treat you.

  22. Lindsay Bade says:

    I tell my kids to ignore the bully and tell an adult.

  23. Laurajj says:

    I teach him to let an adult know if they see someone being bullied.

  24. Heather B says:

    I try to teach my children that no amount of “I’m sorry” can undo bullying and to put themselves in other peoples shoes.

  25. Jeanna Massman says:

    I try to teach my kids to put themselves in another person’s shoes before they act or do something that could potentially hurt someone ‘s feelings.

  26. I teach my son to always treat others the way you want to be treated.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  27. Latanya says:

    tell an adult that you can trust immediately, if your parents are not available at that time

  28. Tee Anderson says:

    Be kind to all. If anyone bullies you tell your parents or an adult.

  29. That you should never keep being bullied to yourself.

  30. laura bernard says:

    Be kind to others!

  31. Marilyn Nawara says:

    Treat everyone with respect

  32. Michelle C says:

    I remind my kids to speak up if things seem wrong.

  33. I always remind my kids to be kind as you don’t know what others may be going through and to always smile

  34. Rochel S says:

    Treat others how you want to be treated. And to stick up for those being bullied!

  35. Amber Hites says:

    Be kind to others and try to find the good in everyone.

  36. I teach my kids to always tell an adult if someone is bullying you. ANd to treat people kindly.

  37. Be kind to others

  38. I try to tell them that they can easily become a bully without realizing by their words and actions and to think before they say things.

  39. courtney hennagir says:

    I always tell my kids to be aware of the words they use and to stand up for each other and their friends and even strangers if they see someone being bullied.

  40. Tabathia B says:

    That bullying hurts people and that you need to treat people how you want to be treated

  41. Thank you!!! I am so excited to have won! My son is going to be really happy too. 🙂

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