In the midst of a demanding career working behind the scenes for the Oprah Show, Mary O’Donohue was also a busy mom, raising two children with her husband Jim, who owned his own business. Concerned that their busy careers kept them from doing enough to instill key principles like gratitude, compassion, and integrity, she created a practical month-by-month guide for doing just that for her own family. The system was remarkably effective and soon other parents wanted to know more.
So, Mary took the tools that she had developed at home and turned them into a book to help other parents raise children with extraordinary character. Published by Adams Media in October of 2010, When You Say Thank You, Mean It went on to become a best selling book in February of 2011, and won the Mom’s Choice Gold Award for Excellence in Family Friendly Media.
Everyone wants their children to be happy, responsible, and well adjusted, but there’s no rule book to teach parents how to do so–until now. In this book, you’ll learn how Mary O’Donohue, a proud mother of two, developed a practical program that allows parents to instill timeless values in their children over the course of one year. Focusing on one key value a month, the whole family can learn together through twelve fun and family-friendly activities, including:
- Creating Respect Tiles
- Making a Compassion in Action Calendar
- Keeping a Family Gratitude Board
- Starting a Life Map
By inspiring common values such as lifelong learning, a sense of joy, and respect for others, this unique guide offers purposeful advice for raising joyful, thoughtful children–who will make their world a better one to live in.
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