Friday, April 26, 2013

We Choose Virtues (review & giveaway!)

I almost think I needed this Kids Kit from We Choose Virtues almost as much as my sons. I mean, check out this list: patience, kindness, obedience, diligence, forgiving, attentive, etc. I have such problems with patience and attentive (anyone else get distracted by stuff online?)! So I know that it's important to teach these virtues to my children, too (and learn alongside them). Jesus was patient, forgiving, obedient, diligent, forgiving, attentive, self-controlled, content, etc. We are supposed to imitate Jesus and so I thought this was a good way to help me teach them how to do that.

image from the WCV website
Like I said, I reviewed the Kids Kit. It came with a Kids Virtue Poster (that tells all of the virtues & sayings that go along with them), one Fan Poster (your choice; a large poster that shows one virtue and saying), Virtues Clues & a clear acrylic card holder (business card sized cards with one virtue per card), "I'm a Virtue Kid" button, The Kids of VirtueVille Color-My-Story Book (coloring book that tells more in depth about each character), 12 butterfly stickers (to be used in the coloring book), Kid's Awards (little certificates for each virtue). Then you get downloadable PDF tools: Kid's character assessment and a t-shirt iron-on template. Lots of stuff for $29.99 (look for a promo code at the end of this post)!

It took me awhile to figure this out. I like rules and regulations: this is how to you use this specifically. There's more freedom with We Choose Virtues - which is great and lets you personalize it to fit your family. I started out having each boy work on 3 virtues...that didn't go well. I couldn't remember who was working on what. Once I emailed my contact at We Choose Virtues and got a little more direction, I figured out something that worked for us.

Once a week, I figure out one virtue I want both boys to work on. Eventually, as they grow, they'll need to work on different things but (for us) one virtue at a time to focus on (not saying the others aren't watched at the same time, they just aren't the focus on conversation) works well so far. Patience is what we really worked on! My boys (like many children) are very good at saying things like "can we go?" or "I'm hungry." Not that those things are bad but repetitively said, they grind on my nerves and make me impatient, which can cause me to sin.

image from the WCV website
My sons learned easily the catch phrase for patience: "I wait, and wait, and wait, with a smile." We're not 100% patient after our few weeks of working on patience. I think the catch phrase has helped the most. I can remind the boys to "wait and wait and wait - with a smile" and then they do! Or I ask "what does patience mean?" and they answer that back to me. All of parenting isn't going to be done in one day (or two weeks)  so this will be a lifetime of learning - it still is for me! I did implement a sticker system with our virtues - if the boys showed me that they were obedient, they got a sticker. When they got so many stickers, they got chocolate ice cream. Incentives work wonders but sometimes it's hard to tell whether they are going for the rewards or the heart change. Always a challenge.



The other day, I got to give my younger son, Squirt, a sticker in his coloring book for Forgiveness. Another kid had bit him at school. When the teacher told that boy to say sorry, Squirt said, "I forgive you." I about cried when I heard that because that's something we've worked on between the boys over and over and over. It didn't seem here at home that they understood, but out in the world, Squirt had the opportunity to forgive someone - and he did. And it made an impact on his teacher, too. I think that's beautiful. I love childlike faith.

GIVEAWAY! You have an opportunity to win a Kid's Kit from We Choose Virtues (valued at $29.99). I'm so excited to share this system with you so that you can have some help teaching your children virtues (isn't it nice to have something help you along in this messy parenting business?)!

from the We Choose Virtues website
TO ENTER: Please visit the Kid's Kit page on We Choose Virtues website and tell me what big virtues poster you would choose. Leave a comment (mandatory entry).

Extra entries: Not required but will give you more chances. Please leave one comment per entry (if you leave it all as one comment, it will only be counted once for ease of myself).

- Like We Choose Virtues on Facebook
- Like S Club 4 on Facebook
- Follow We Choose Virtues on Pinterest
- Tell me what virtue you need to work on yourself!

GIVEAWAY OPEN UNTIL MAY 6, 2013 AT 11:59PM. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MAY 7, 2013 (EMAIL WILL BE SENT IF POSSIBLE). MUST BE 18 AND OVER TO ENTER AND LIVE IN THE USA. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

Disclaimer: I received a We Choose Virtues Kid's Kit in order to write an honest review. Others may or may not have the same experience(s) that we've had using this product and/or with this company.

65 comments:

Raquel Dunn said...

I liked We Choose Virtues on Facebook

Raquel Dunn said...

I liked S CLub on Facebook.

Raquel Dunn said...

I follow We Choose Virtues on Pinterest.

Raquel Dunn said...

The virtue I need the most work on is diligence. I need to be more diligent in all I do in life.

Raquel Dunn said...

For myself I would choose the Diligent poster. For my 3 year old I would choose Content and for my 7 year old I would choose Self-Control. We all have different areas we need to work on the most.

Apryl said...

This looks great! I've been thinking I need something to do with the boys for Sunday School since during the summer we will be going to church at camp and there isn't one there yet. We would definitely pick the Obedient poster! This is something the boys have a hard time with and sometimes we have a hard time teaching instead of yelling.

Apryl said...

Like you on FB.

Apryl said...

Liked We Choose Virtues on FB

Apryl said...

Following We Choose Virtues on Pinterest.

Apryl said...

I'm sure I have phases in which I need to work on most of these virtues... But the ones that jump out to me the most are patience and perseverance.

texasmomquilts said...

For the kids, I'd get the Diligent poster, or maybe Obedient...

Tiffany Faith said...

I need to work on my Patient Virtue! I love this kit!!

texasmomquilts said...

I'm already a FB fan of We Choose Virtues

Tiffany Faith said...

I would choose the Self-Controlled poster!

texasmomquilts said...

The virtue I most need to work on is Contentment!

texasmomquilts said...

I follow several WCV pinboards on Pinterest

Colleen H. said...

Hi! I know of all the virtues, I need to be kind to my dear, sweet, VERY kind husband. I can get short when I'm tired at the end of a long day. He deserves a kind, loving wife 24/7. Thanks!

Goshen Academy said...

I would love the Diligent Poster because it is what my children and I both struggle with.

ctoth77 said...

I always need more Patience!!

Goshen Academy said...

I am a friend on Facebook of We Chose Virtue (user name SisterAbigail)

ctoth77 said...

I always need more Patience!

Goshen Academy said...

I follow We Choose Virtue on Pinterest (username jw1213)

Goshen Academy said...

The virtue I need to work hardest on is Diligence and recognizing what really needs to get done.

Marci Hasselkus said...

Thats a tough one. I can't chose between the Be Diligent and Be Obedient. Our son has issues with both.

Marci Hasselkus said...

That is a tough one. I can't chose between the Be Diligent and Be Obedient. Our son has issues with both.

Marci Hasselkus said...

Like We Chose Virtues on Facebook

Marci Hasselkus said...

Like S Club 4 on Facebook

Marci Hasselkus said...

Follow We Choose Virtues on Pinterest
(kmhass611)

Rebecca said...

I would choose diligence, my favorite virtue explanation!
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Rebecca said...

I am a We choose virtues Facebook fan
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Rebecca said...

I need to work on patience myself!
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Rebecca said...

I follow on Pinterest (Rebdiane)

Marci Hasselkus said...

What do I need to work on? Ha, thats a good one. I'd say Be Content, its hard to not want what others have sometimes, or Be Forgiving. Its hard to forgive those that really hurt you down deep.

zekesmom10 said...

It would be tough to choose one poster! I think I would choose Forgiveness. Thanks for the chance.

zekesmom10 said...

I follow WCV on Pinterest.

zekesmom10 said...

I like WCV on FB.

zekesmom10 said...

I think I most need Patience. :)

kc said...

Hard to choose between 2 that really need worked on right now, but I guess self-control would be most helpful.

kc said...

I like We Choose Virtues on fb

kc said...

I follow We choose virtues on pinterest

kc said...

I need to work on patience

kc said...

I like s club 4 on fb

janachelle said...

I would choose the "obedient" poster! I love the saying on it..
Ok, whatever you say,
I will obey, RIGHT AWAY!

janachelle said...

I "like" WCV on FB.

janachelle said...

I follow WCV on Pinterest.

janachelle said...

I could stand to work on a few of these, probably. Self-control would be a good place to start. :)

janachelle said...

I "like" S Club 4 on FB.

Kristen said...

I'd choose the I am Diligent poster! We need much more of that in our home to finish the jobs that are started!!

Nicole said...

We need to work on being patient also, so patience would be a great poster for my children.

Nicole said...

Also I am a fan of We Choose Virtues on facebook.

Nicole said...

I need to work on patience and self control myself. Thanks for the giveaway!

NeKisha Rowe said...

Thank you for this giveaway! I would choose the Obedient poster. Thank you. keke_d_83(at)hotmail(dot)com

NeKisha Rowe said...

Thank you for this giveaway! I would choose the Obedient poster. Thank you. keke_d_83(at)hotmail(dot)com

NeKisha Rowe said...

I have liked We Choose Virtues on FB.

NeKisha Rowe said...

I liked S Club 4 on FB.

NeKisha Rowe said...

I follow We Choose Virtues on Pinterest as NeKisha Rowe

NeKisha Rowe said...

I could work on being Perseverant!

Leisa said...

The poster I would choose is "I Am Kind".

Leisa said...

Liked We Choose Virtues on FB.

Leisa said...

Liked S Club on FB.

Leisa said...

Followed We Choose Virtues on Pinterest.

Leisa said...

I need to work on diligence because I have a hard time working on something to the end!

The Graves Fam said...

I liked We Choose Virtues on FB

The Graves Fam said...

I follow We Choose Virtues on Pinterest.

The Graves Fam said...

I need to work on being Content.

happy followers