Lessons from Kids Books: Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown This is one of my most loved books as a child and as a parent. It's a very simple book. The pictures are of a bunny so you assume he is the main character who is talking. He goes through his room and says goodnight to everything in his room, including his hairbrush, his mush, and his red balloon. He says goodnight to his mittens, his kittens, and his toys. He eventually ventures further out of his room (in his thoughts) and whispers good night to the stars, the air, and of course, the moon.

So what is the lesson here? To me and my children, this book reminds us to slow down at night, look all around you and be grateful for what you have. Did you hear that?

1. Slow down

2. Look all around you and be grateful for what you have. 

This is timeless but especially important in the times we live in. We are so busy, moving at a break-neck pace, and rarely "stop and smell the roses". This book reminds us to do just that.

What I also love is that he doesn't just acknowledge the big things in his life like his food, his clothes, and his Mom (I assume the old lady whispering hush is his Mommy:) ) but he acknowledges the small things in his life, too like his comb, the picture on the wall, and even the little mouse who is running around his room. And then he moves on to the big things that are important yet we all take them for granted everyday- the moon, stars, and the air.  It is a reminder to be grateful for ALL things. I just love it!

I hope you will take some time today to say Goodnight to the moon and think of what else you are grateful for. Thank you for reading and we can look forward

Written by Natalie Chandler

Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling.  We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville