The first thing many kids turn to in Highlights every month is the long-running feature Goofus and Gallant. They love it! They know they can always count on Gallant to demonstrate thoughtful behavior while Goofus tends to think only of himself.
Now you can use Goofus and Gallant to encourage good manners and help kids understand how others feel when they’re treated unkindly.
Here’s What to Do
1. Grab the latest issue of Highlights. Look for Goofus and Gallant. You can find it on page 10 of the October issue.
2. Study the pictures and read the text. Or read the recaps here.
In the first story this month, Goofus borrows a book from a friend and returns it damaged. Gallant washes his hands before he touches a friend’s possession.
In the second story, Goofus avoids telling his dad about an upsetting incident at school. Gallant discusses his concerns with his mother.
3. Now, look at the themes and prompts that follow. Some are simple and straightforward. Others are provocative and make kids think. Weave these ideas into your family conversations to inspire meaningful discussions, help resolve misunderstandings, and head off stress. So why wait? Reenact the Goofus and Gallant stories, but supply different endings, or just have a heart-to-heart talk with your child about how to behave in more caring ways.
This Month’s Topics
- Handling items with care
- Respecting people’s belongings
- The value of confiding in family members and close friends
What to Ask Your Child
- Did you ever break something that didn’t belong to you?
- What happened?
- Did you apologize for the mishap?
- What did the property owner have to say?
- Has anyone ever returned one of your possessions broken or not working?
- How did that make you feel?
Want More Conversation Starters? Try These.
- When you have a problem, what makes you feel better: talking it out with a trusted family member or friend, or figuring it out yourself?
- Why is it sometimes better to share your problems?
- Can you think of one you recently shared?
- How did you feel afterward?
- Is it sometimes OK to solve your own problems?
- Describe a problem you recently solved by yourself.