Picture this: It’s Sunday morning. There I am, sitting in the back row of the church sanctuary, nursing my youngest and sipping an iced French vanilla latte. My cell phone vibrates and I pick it up to see who it might be. (I know, I know…I shouldn’t be looking at my phone in church. Sorry, Pastor Rodney!) Of all things, it’s a text from my daughter’s Sunday school teacher asking me if it’s ok if she can give my daughter a package of Smarties. And I can’t help but smile and beam with pride that, even when I wasn’t looking, my five-year-old still knew to ask my permission before accepting candy from someone, even if it was her trusted Sunday School teacher.
We live in a small town and pretty much every place we go there is the inevitable bowl of dum-dum pops or other such tasty treats. While it’s very sweet that the bank teller and the grocery bagger and the librarian all want to make friends with my oldest child, one thing that bothers me is that rarely does anyone ever ask my permission before handing her a piece of candy. I found out quickly that it would be up to her to ask my permission before accepting a treat from someone. Now she does this without fail, no matter who offers it and no matter where we are.
My sweet kindergartener knew that telling her Sunday school teacher, “I have to ask my Mommie first” might have meant no treat for her. She didn’t know the teacher would text me. All she knew was that I told her to always ask permission before accepting candy and she obeyed me, even when I wasn’t there.
Doing the right thing, even when no one is around, can be a challenge. In a new DVD from Tommy Nelson, the On the Farm friends show us the importance of helping others, being honest, and that we’re no better than anyone else. Cocka Doodle Doo the Right Thing features Hercules the Rooster who thinks he’s too good to help his friends clean up the farm. A special guest is coming for dinner and everybody but Hercules is pitching in. Jenny the dog encourages her rooster friend to help out, but not only does Hercules refuse, he even goes so far as to be rude to Farmer Bob’s friend Ed, just because he wears grubby overalls and old boots. Farmer Bob is gone for the day and Hercules sees that as a free pass to do as he pleases. Little does he know that Ed is really the special dinner guest!
Kids will love the quirky characters, fun songs, and special bonus features on this DVD. There was even a bit of humor for me (like when Brandon the cow tells Hercules that he’s “lactose intolerant”). I thought the message was clear and the characters memorable. Even Sam the sheep learns a little something about doing what is right after he finds an abandoned $20 bill. The story is based on the Parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector from Luke 18. This video explains the meaning of the parable in a way kids can understand.
Other great features on this DVD are the literacy tools in the Bonus Features section. “C” is the letter of the day. Younger ones will learn letter blends and sounds through the extra songs and cartoons. There’s even a digital storybook included on the DVD.
How about you? When was a time one of your kids did the right thing, even when you weren’t looking?
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Yours in Christ,
I received a copy of this DVD through the Tommy Nelson Mommy program. I was not asked to write a positive review. All views and opinions expressed are solely and completely my own. I received no compensation other than a copy of Cocka Doodle Doo the Right Thing, which is mine to keep. This post also contains affiliate links. To learn more, please see my full policy.