kindness, six chicks and a book.

Every day when I pick up my daughters from school, I ask them if they were kind and who was kind to them. Kindness is one of our family values and my husband and I have found that when we talk about it and explore it with our children, it grows in each of us. Kindness becomes real and not just an abstract concept or expectation.

My sweet friend and neighbor Monique Sobrino, owner of Little Miss Muffin, just delivered to my three little girls a signed copy of the most lovely children’s book, Chick, Chick, Hooray! It literally just hit the stands.

Chick, Chick, Hooray! is a sweet book about Ellie, a little chick who isn’t sure of her value as she compares herself to all the other little chicks at Barnhill Academy. Caroline is beautiful, Claire is stylish, Molly is an athlete, Ida is smart, and Frannie sings like a songbird.

Despite her uncertainty about how she fits in with this impressive clutch of chicks, Ellie finds her value along the way, thanks to the gentle farmer who knows her heart well and has always loved her.

Chick, Chick, Hooray! is a story about kindness. It is relevant to all of us – young and old – because when the heart acts out of kindness, change within ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world happens. True self-value and value of others resides in the heart – not in our beauty or clothes, not on the field, not in the classroom.

This is the message Six Chicks with a Mission – a powerhouse of six local, successful women (Mary Lupo, Beth DePass, Heather Mahoney, Trudy Hurley, Lisa Lugwig and Lacey Wood) – hopes to inspire within young girls across all communities. It is a message and a movement and it begins here at home.

Chick, Chick, Hooray! is the first in a series of books. Pick yours up at Little Miss Muffin or online at www.SixChicksWithAMission.com ($11.95). Buy one for your own brood and however many you need for the birthday circuit and holiday season. It is such a beautifully written story and the illustrations are perfect.

A very smart book. Absolutely delightful. Every little girl should have this book on her nightstand.

Chick, Chick, Hooray!

What are some of the values you hope to instill in your children? How? Share your story.

Written by Ashley Bond

Ashley Bond

Founder of parenting blog, entrepreneur, underestimated disorganized overachiever.

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