You all already know that we're working with Claire on discipline. She really does love to hit people in the face. In some strange way I think that she thinks it's a way to show excitement but we're trying to break her of the habit. She also throws things. At other people. All the time. On Sunday she picked up one of our friends' toys and smacked him in the head with it. The good news is that our friend (who is only 8 months old) didn't seem to mind at all. I did mind.
But even as we're trying to discipline her I'm so worried that she's going to lose the spunk that we love. (By the way, we are taking any and all suggestions on the discipline front.)
That being said, Minli is just the kind of girl that I want Claire to read about--just the right mix of spunk, bravery, discipline, kindness and love for her family (When Claire and I read the book together I will be sure to stress that running away from your family is absolutely not allowed.)
***Spoiler Alert*** As I read through the book I tried to imagine what was the word written on the paper that was the secret to happiness. I imagined things like Love or Service or something else that was equal parts cheesy and true but I am pleased to report that the traditional Chinese tale didn't disappoint and the key to happiness in our lives in Thankfulness.
And do you have suggestions for next month's book club?