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Inside Highlights November 2016

What’s Up with Goofus and Gallant

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Life is full of tough choices for children: Should I say this? Or that? And do I know which way is better? That’s where Goofus and Gallant, our regular feature, kicks in. It shows kids—up close and personal—the difference between good and not-so-good choices. Read the feature on page 12 of the November issue or take a look at the recaps here. Then use the prompts below to share values and start a lively conversation.
Inside Highlights 2016 with Goofus and Gallant
Recap: Goofus says baby-sitting for a younger child will ruin his vacation. Gallant entertains a young child who has come to visit.

Conversation Starters:

1. Whenever we go out, a baby-sitter always comes to stay with you. Who is your favorite sitter? Why do you like her?

2. Do you think it’s easy—or hard—to be a sitter? What could happen while baby-sitting to make the job difficult?

3. Is it fair or unfair that Goofus has to baby-sit during his vacation? He seems unhappy. How else could he express his disappointment or frustration?

4. Who would be more fun to be friends with: Goofus or Gallant? How did you reach that decision?

Recap: Goofus wants a special treat and won’t take no for an answer. Gallant wants one, too, but doesn’t argue with his mom.

Conversation Starters:

1. Do begging and pleading make it easier or harder to get something you ask for? What usually happens when you pester and whine for a different decision?

2. Is it fun to play with a classmate who insists on getting his way every time you get together? How do you feel about a friend who is very insistent or very demanding?

3. Do you think Gallant was disappointed that he did not get something he really wanted? Why do you think he decided not to argue?

4. Are there times of year you usually get things you wish for? Can you name two occasions? What do you wish for this year?

 

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As we approach the holiday season, what’s your kids’ favorite way to communicate with Grandma and Grandpa—whether or not they live nearby?

Parents Talk Back
As we approach the holiday season, what’s your kids’ favorite way to communicate with Grandma and Grandpa—whether or not they live nearby?
In-person visits.
74% (52 votes)
Skype or FaceTime.
16% (11 votes)
Calls via cell phones or landlines.
4% (3 votes)
Handwritten cards and letters.
6% (4 votes)
Total votes: 70