What Kids Learn:
Since 1948, Goofus and Gallant have been serving as models of the two extremes in kid-to-kid and kid-to-adult social interactions. Gallant has a good grasp of what’s acceptable, considerate, and appropriate—and Goofus, well, still needs some guidance!
Help shape your kids’ understanding of winning behavior by reading each month’s Goofus and Gallant feature with them. Then use the conversation starters that follow to jumpstart a discussion. You can check out a recap of the stories below, or find this month’s feature on page 10 of the July 2017 issue.
Goofus is annoyed by a friend’s loud coughing. Gallant tells a sick friend he hopes he gets better.
- What one word would you use to describe how Goofus reacted to his friend’s loud coughing?
- In one or two words, how would you describe Gallant’s reaction?
- Which of the two boys demonstrated concern for another youngster? Which of the two sounded impatient?
- Have you ever seen someone cough or sneeze to call attention to himself or be disruptive?
- How did you react? Did you say anything? How would you describe that behavior?
Goofus urges his friends to exclude another child from a group activity. Gallant notices that a friend is sad and asks his parents if he may invite him to family game night.
- How can you tell that Goofus didn’t care whether he hurt Ali’s feelings?
- If you were one of the kids in the pool with Goofus, how would you have responded to his suggestion to exclude Ali?
- How do you think Gallant knows that his next-door neighbor is unhappy?
- What kinds of things cheer you up when you are feeling sad?