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Not Having a Very Good, Wonderful Day

So I caught little man’s stomach bug which knocked me out for a good portion of the day. I can’t remember ever being this sick. Thank goodness for my men who took care of me.
Whenever I am having a horrible day I am reminded of Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Alexander is a young boy who wakes up to just one of those days. From gum in his hair to no prize in his cereal, it all goes down hill from there. Throughout the story he mutters the refrain “I think I’ll move to Australia”. This is a phrase that sticks with me and if you ever hear me mutter I am moving to Australia, then you know what kind of day I am having.

I have used this book in my story times; it is a great story to get kids thinking about how a story relates to their own lives. Many of them can emphasize with Alexander. To make sure they are paying attention, I have even asked them to keep track of all the horrible things that happened in the story.

On the flip side, we don’t just focus on the negative. After we have talked about the bad stuff, we have brainstormed on what little things we can do to make it into a good day.

When you are having a bad day, what do you do to make it better?

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