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Kids Book Review: Baditude! What to Do When Life Stinks! by Julia Cook

May 2nd, 2019 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: August 15, 2015

Publisher: Boys Town Press

About the Book

So much of Noodle’s life just stinks! Homework stinks. Practice stinks. Yard work stinks. And family pictures? They REALLY stink!

Luckily, Noodle’s mom and teacher are there to help him understand how his bad attitude, or “baditude,” is affecting his mood and those around him. Even his friends are starting to avoid him! If only he can stop looking at everything so negatively, more positive results will follow!

Join Noodle as he learns to turn his “I have to’s” into “I get to’s,” his frown into a smile, and his “badtitude” into “gratitude”! This is the 2nd title in the Responsible Me! series.

My Thoughts

I stumbled across this book as I was browsing children’s books suggested for fostering a growth mindset in kids and requested it from the library. My 8 year old read it today and it was a great discussion book. We often have discussions about how his outlook on a situation can affect how good or bad an experience is for him. He has had a habit of complaining if he has to wait “one million hours” or if a situation at school was “just not fair!”. This book covered so many of the situations both he and my 11 year old complain about like having to go to bed early and wake up early, having to do homework, having to practice something, etc. Some of the key points the character in the book learns are, the more you complain about something, the more things you will find to complain about and try to change your baditude into gratitude. So instead of complaining about HAVING to do something, focus on how you GET to do something and how that can be a positive thing.

There is a list of things parents can do with their kids to help turn baditude into gratitude in their kids (and these apply to adults too!). My son and I talked about which situations in the book also applied to his life and how he can change his outlook on these situations. Some things we have been working on that tied in nicely with this book was when we talk about how his day went in addition to talking about what may have gone wrong that day he also has to tell me three things that went well that day too. It’s so easy to focus on the negatives that you gloss over the things that did go right. We also have discussed that sometimes you just have to brush off other people’s negative attitude. Just because someone says something about you doesn’t make it true. If they tease him that doesn’t make their criticism true and maybe it’s even hiding some insecurity in themselves. He may not be able to get them to stop saying something but he can change how he reacts to the situation.

I love the closing quote in the book and this is the second book we’ve read recently that mentioned this quote: “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it!” – Charles Swindoll and I think it’s a great quote to embrace in life.

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